Celebrate Rainbow Day and the Rainbow Covenant with all Life!
The first covenant in the Torah, when Noah leaves the ark, is a covenant with all creatures, and a covenant with the Earth itself, not just with humanity. There are so many ways you can teach about this covenant, the rainbow covenant, on the day it was established!
What is Rainbow Day?
On the 27th day of the second month, Noah, his family, and all the animals that were with them left the ark (Genesis 8). Exactly one lunar year and ten days before—one complete solar year—the flood began on the 17th of the second month, the day before Lag B’Omer. When Noah, the animals and his family went out from the ark, God made a covenant, with all the animals and the people, that there would never be again be a flood of water to destroy life on Earth.
Rainbow Day is always the 42nd day of the Omer, the day before Yom Yerushalayim. This year the 27th of the month of Iyyar falls on Shabbat, May 11-12, the same day we read about the Shmita covenant in parshat Behar — another covenant with the Earth and the animals — in the Diaspora. (In Israel, parshat Behar is read on May 5-6 in 2018.)
Get the extraordinary Rainbow Day curriculum here and make use of one of the 38 resources and ideas for teaching about the rainbow covenant with all creatures.