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Which blessing is said upon seeing a rainbow?

Which blessing is said upon seeing a rainbow?

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After the flood, G‑d promised Noah that He would never again bring a flood that would destroy the world. A rainbow is a reminder of this covenant that G‑d made with Noah, his descendants, and all living creatures. Therefore, upon seeing a rainbow in the sky, we recite the following blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֶלוֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם זוֹכֵר הַבְּרִית וְנֶאֱמָן בִּבְרִיתוֹ וְקַיָם בְּמַאֲמָרוֹ

Baruch ata Ado-nai Elo-heinu melech ha'olam zocher ha'brit v'ne'eman bivrito v'kayam b'ma'amaro.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to His covenant, and keeps His promise.

All the best,

Rochel Chein for Chabad.org

Mrs. Rochel Chein is a member of the chabad.org Ask the Rabbi team.
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July 3, 2013
Levi @Anonymous Perhaps, rainbows did exist prior to the flood, however they were not yet a symbol of this promise..
Dovid
Los Angeles
May 21, 2012
attn. Anonymous, London, UK
correct
levi rapoport
brooklyn, ny
January 6, 2010
what's that falling from the sky?
That implies that it hadn't rained before the flood. Water above the heaven stayed there protecting us from the sun's harmful radiation and waters below the earth and springs and rivers fed the land.
Anonymous
middleton, nh
October 7, 2009
Rainbows
Slightly off-topic but, does this imply that light was not refrangible before the flood?
Anonymous
London, UK
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