Can you add up the following:

Crystal-like droplets


Rays of light


A person observing?

Answer: Witness a beautiful, spectacular rainbow.

When Noach exited the ark in this week’s Torah portion, G‑d showed him a rainbow, symbolizing His promise not to bring another flood to destroy mankind.

To understand more about rainbows and how they are formed, I did a quick search.

A rainbow is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky in the form of a multicolored arc.

A rainbow isn’t an object and cannot be physically approached. All raindrops refract and reflect the sunlight in the same way, but only the light from some raindrops reaches the observer’s eye.

In order to be able to see a rainbow, you need clear water droplets that reflect and refract the rays of light. You also need to be at the right vantage point to experience this striking wonder. But, as an optical phenomenon, its existence requires an observer to perceive it.

Before the Flood, the physical world mirrored the spiritual reality of the time, when people were in a receiving mode, not one of returning or refracting. The light shone, but the people didn’t create with it. They were too thick, too self-centered to allow their purpose to illuminate them and affect the world. The pre-flood world was a land that was filled with chamas—corruption, violence, and stealing.

The rainbow reminds us that we each have the ability to replicate light and use it to create more goodness and brightness in our world. Through divine moral clarity, we can use our unique prisms to create beautiful multicolored hues.

But in order to see those spectacular beams of light, we also need to stand at a particular angle. We need to be willing to look and see the light of another. We also need to shine the ray of inspiration into our everyday lives.

Can we make ourselves translucent to receive the light of spirituality even in our mundane, heavily packed and overworked schedules? And, will we allow ourselves to pause, witness, and appreciate the light-filled, multicolored qualities of another?

Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov (the author of Bnei Yisasschar) quotes from the Zohar that an especially bright rainbow portends the imminent revelation of the light of Moshiach.

Let’s look out for those beautiful rainbows, just as we let ourselves become one.