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Rainbow Day is May 31-June 1 in 2019, Shabbat Bechukotai!

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. In 2019 year the 27th of the month of Iyyar falls on Shabbat, May 31-June 1, the same day we read parshah Bechukotai in the Diaspora, which talks about the blessings that follow the Shmita covenant, and the consequences of not following that covenant. (In Israel parshat Bemidbar, the beginning of Numbers, is read.)

The Shmita covenant, like the Rainbow covenant, is a covenant with the Earth and the animals.

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.

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David is the creator of neohasid.org and a dancer and liturgist. David's book, Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World, was published in 2015 by Cambridge U Press and is now available in paperback.
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