Who needs rain to make a rainbow? Our city is showing off its colorful stripes, a reminder to be proud of who we are and to celebrate each other’s uniqueness. These are not only human values, but Jewish values, as the very first mention of humanity in the Torah is that God created us b’zelem Elohim, in God’s own likeness. (Bereishit/Genesis 1:26). This is clearly not a statement about how we look, or dress, or appear to others - God has no body at all - but about the essence of who each of us are. If each of our children grow up knowing that they and others are truly divine, they will reflect that sacred message for all creation, just like the variegated and vibrant colors of the rainbow!
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