As the shofar’s final blast concluded Yom Kippur, congregants exiting Temple for Break Fast stared directly into an end to end full spectrum double rainbow. Whether mere coincidence, or a message from God is a matter of one’s faith, though no doubt all in its presence applied some significance to the optical occurrence. From “Somewhere over the Rainbow” to The Rainbow Coalition, rainbows shine as hopeful signs of a better tomorrow while well-timed sightings, like at a funeral, a playoff game, or at the conclusion of the holiest time of the Jewish calendar, provoke positive conclusions.
And despite the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language definition of a rainbow as, “an arc of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appears in the sky opposite the sun as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist,” I doubt many people’s first reaction resembles the scientific explanation.
Irish tradition references a “pot of gold” at the end of a rainbow. For this New Year, I hope we all find what we seek, with good health, success, and the love of family and friends.