Thursday, December 4, 2008

Skywatch Friday: Modi'in, Israel

My friends Leora and Ilana-Davita usually post beautiful pictures for Skywatch and other photo blogs. I somehow never get around to posting pictures, but last Friday I was able to photograph something in the sky that always has the power to make people stop and look. Some say that a rainbow is a sign from G-d that the world has become evil enough to be destroyed. After the great flood, G-d made a brit, a covenant with Noah that He will never again bring a flood great enough to destroy the entire world; he shows us the rainbow as a sign of this covenant instead. I saw this rainbow over my city, Modiin, last Friday, just as I was reading reports of dead bodies being found in the Chabad House in Mumbai, India. It was in a way, a comfort to see that perfect arc of color. Yes, it seemed to say, the world can be an evil place, but still, I am here, making my presence known.

According to Jewish tradition, when one sees a rainbow, the following blessing is said:

Praised are you our God, Sovereign of the world, Who remembers the covenant, who keeps the promise, and fulfills His word.




12 comments:

People with Cameras said...

Oh those are beautiful. The first one is worthy of framing for sure.

Olga said...

Love rainbow and love Israel: great shots!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a perfect rainbow. It's the arc connecting the two pots of gold on either end ...

Leora said...

These are great, Baila. I'm glad you took the time to put the post together. I remember that big, big apartment building that looks more like a mini-city than an apartment building. Your city looks as pretty as ever in your photos. I like the combination of the curving lamp with the arcing bow.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

love the rainbow shots...beautiful pics for skywatch friday.

Mike said...

Beautiful photos - they really need to be seen at full size to be best appreciated.

Gretchen said...

Beautiful rainbow!

Arija said...

Beautiful photos with great contrart between the buildings and that spectacular sky!

ilanadavita said...

Welcome to SWF. I'm glad you've joined in. Both photos are great.

Robin said...

Beautiful captures.

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gorgeous picture

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