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Is a rainbow a bad sign? As was mentioned in the other answers, G-d tells Noach that he will never bring another flood to destroy the earth. The rainbow will be a sign, when G-d will see it he will remember the and refrain from destroying the earth (Bereshit 9:6-17). In particular, verse 14-15 says: "At a time when I bring clouds over the earth (i.e. ...


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Piskei Teshuvos (227:2) cites Bircas HaBayis who says that the blessing can only be recited during the quake or within 2-3 seconds (תוך כדי דיבור) after it's over. He also says (from Teshuvos Shevet HaKehasi) that even mild quakes warrant this blessing, and (from Shaarei Teshuvah in the name of Maharam Chaviv) that if another quake occurs even that same ...


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Prof. Nathan Aviezer wrote a book "בראשית ברא" answering questions about the creation in torah view. There he claims the 6 days of creation to be 6 periods of time that didn't necessarily last 24 hours. Moreover - maybe it was one cycle of dark&light, but things happened at a quicker pace. Take, for example, a person's growth. If you were to calculate ...


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Rav Hirsch writes on Noach 9:12 It is by no means necessary to assume that hitherto there had been no rainbow and to place it in connection with the atmospheric changes which occurred after the Flood. Just as Hashem showed Avraham the starry heavens and said, כה יהיה זרעך, as He showed Moshe and Aharon the new moon, and with the words החדש הזה ...


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As long as it looks overcast, it's once per day. If it totally completely absolutely clears up bright and shiny, then later thunderstorms, you'd make a new bracha. SO: Once per day, OR Once per cloudy episode Whichever is more. (See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 227:2 and Mishna Berura sk 8)


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Per Mishna Brura (229:1), when one sees a rainbow he should not inform a friend about it, but rather make a bracha and keep it to himself.


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You are not supposed to gaze at it, however if you notice it you make a Bracha. When one sees a rainbow a bracha should be made. However, one should be careful not to stare at a rainbow for too long (Orach Chaim 229:1). The Be'er Hataiv 2 in Orach Chaim 229:1 says that looking at a rainbow weakens the eyes. ...


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While researching another answer, I came across a comment by R' Yonasan Eibeschutz (in Yaaros Devash), that the Gemara's expression ליקוי חמה isn't referring to eclipses at all, but to sunspots. (He doesn't seem to say what ליקוי לבנה might mean in this context. But I guess, according to his explanation, that it would also mean some kind of short-term ...


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Shu"t Bitzel Hahochma (R' Betzalel Stern) deals with a similar issue In Vol. 2 Siman 14. He discusses whether one should make a second beracha on the Mediterranean if he made one (within 30 days) on the ocean. He concludes that since they require the same beracha (according to him) and they are connected, a second beracha is not recited. לפימש"כ לעיל ...


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As noted by Gershon, this is Mishnah Berurah citing the Chayei Adam. It seems that there might be room for manipulation according to other posekim. Thus: Q. (252) Mr. Danny Persoff: Is there an Issur to look at a rainbow? A. The Shulchan Aruch (229:1) writes that it is prohibited to look at a rainbow "B'yotair" for a prolonged period of time. The Gra ...


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The Maharsha (to Berachos 59a) explains that the end of the beracha on the rainbow וקיים במאמרו refers to the fact that the rainbow was created during the 6 days of creation (as listed in Avos 5:6). So perhaps you could make an argument that by saying עושה מעשה בראשית you are including such things as the rainbow?


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If by "ends", you mean the sky cleared, then yes you make another one. However, just stopping and starting doesn't count. On an aside, if it's the next day you make a Bracha even if the sky didn't clear.


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Rashi in Bereishis, chapter 1, Verse 14 on "והיו לאתת" mentions this issue of a bad omen from the eclipse. He says: והיו לאותות: כשהמאורות לוקין סימן רע הוא לעולם, שנאמר (ירמיה י ב) מאותות השמים אל תחתו, בעשותכם רצון הקב"ה אין אתם צריכין לדאג מן הפורענות: When there is an eclipse of the luminaries it is a bad sign for the world, as it is said: "Do ...


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For a situation to be forbidden according to Halacha, there must be a significant danger. A situation where there is only a very small likelihood of danger is not forbidden under Jewish law. Instead, one should trust Hashem who watches over us as the Pasuk in Tehillim says, "Shomer Pesayim Hashem" - Hashem guards those who act simply. (Mesillas Yesharim, ...


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The Ramban there explains that God is saying that from now on it will be a sign that He will not destroy the world: ולכן נפרש הכתוב, הקשת אשר נתתי בענן מיום הבריאה תהיה מן היום הזה והלאה לאות ברית ביני וביניכם, שכל זמן שאראנה אזכיר כי ברית שלום ביני וביניכם: Perhaps one can explain that God causes the conditions for a rainbow to appear when He ...


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Rashi on pasuk 14 seems to indicate this idea.


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http://revach.net/ask/article.php?id=547 It seems that the rainbow bracha is for a very specific thing (which, mind you, took place over 1600 years after maaseh vereishit) so it doesn't get covered by the other standard nature brachot. Also, in the book Shaar HaAyin by Rabbi Eliyahu Ariel, in Chapter 12 footnote 1 he quotes Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky (sp?) that ...


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One shouldn't lightly dismiss a statement of chazal that seems outdated without trying to understand something from it. Sometimes there's another level to what they are saying and sometimes the idea can be understood within modern science also. For example, some of the statements about demons can apply to other hidden harmful forces, such as bacteria (see ...


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See this English translation of a Sicha from the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likutei Sichot Volume 15, pg 7-12). A short synopsis from here: Now, you, I and the Jewish sages of old all have known for a very long time that eclipses are natural events that can be predicted thousands of years in advance. Thus we can be quite certain that their statement does not ...


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I believe one makes the bracha "oseh ma'aseh bereishit" upon seeing wonders of nature. Here is a discussion of Niagra specifically http://halachaqa.blogspot.com/2011/07/niagara-falls-brachos-part-i.html


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Ramban (Chapter 9, Verse 12) argues that the rainbow existed before the Mabul. However, only after the Mabul did Hashem select it to serve as a sign of His covenant to not cause another Mabul. The rainbow is a reversed bow. One who wishes to indicate peaceful intentions reverses his weapon away from the person he is greeting and points the weapon towards ...


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The danger from an earthquake is balanced, as LN6595 cites from Fred, by other dangers. Let me quantify that: The life expectancy in California is 80.8 years; in New York State (for example), it's 80.5 years. (Source.) Thus, despite the earthquakes, despite the freeways, despite Death Valley and Bay to Breakers and all the other dangers out there, you still ...


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Doesn't this require that God intervene in nature in a very obvious way on a regular basis? The answer to this question is yes Originally, miracles occurred on a regular basis. We see this from the list of miracles that existed during the first temple. Additionally, the prophets were active and were able to perform miracles. We also see that the Bnai ...


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שככה לו בעולמו is actually said on beautiful animals or people. If you're thinking of שכוחו וגבורתו מלא עולם, then the custom is to say it only on thunder, and to say עושה מעשה בראשית on most other natural phenomena and wonders. See here and here.


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Berachos 59b discusses the reason(s) for earthquakes, and the nature of powerful storms. מאי זועות א"ר קטינא גוהא רב קטינא הוה קאזיל באורחא כי מטא אפתחא דבי אובא טמיא גנח גוהא אמר מי ידע אובא טמיא האי גוהא מהו רמא ליה קלא קטינא קטינא אמאי לא ידענא בשעה שהקב"ה זוכר את בניו ששרויים בצער בין אומות העולם מוריד שתי דמעות לים הגדול וקולו נשמע מסוף העולם ועד ...


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Genesis 9 (14 - 16) describes the first “rainbow” with the words, 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow is seen in the cloud, 15 that I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the ...



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