There is SO MUCH to talk about in this week’s parsha, Noach: the story of the flood, the birds that Noah sends out to find land, even the building of the ark. But I chose to focus on something a little different.
Noach talks about the most well-known story of all time: the story of the flood. (The story in one minute: G/d isn’t happy with the people, so he has Noah build the ark and put two of every animal in. It rains for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah sends out a dove to find land, and it comes back with an olive branch, meaning that there’s land.)
Every culture has their own version of the flood story, but I’ve never really heard of the after. You know, when the world has to recreate itself? Noach says that after the storm, G/d made a promise for the people- a promise that the world would never be destroyed again. That promise came in the form of a rainbow, and every time we see one, we are supposed to be reminded that the world will never again be destroyed.
It’s strangely metaphorical- there are times in our life where it just seems like we’re just drowning (like college applications and GPAs and SAT scores and sport teams and USY programming… the list goes on!). It’s like the flood is washing around us. But, remember this: even at your lowest points, in the middle of the storm, there will always be a rainbow at the end. You will always persevere. The rainbow will always shine above you.
That’s a promise.