Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

 4 Cheshvan 5783 -- October 29, 2022

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Parshat Noach

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Rabbi's Reflections

-The Symbolism of the Rainbow-

Parshat Noach teaches us that the rainbow symbolizes the first covenant God makes with humanity. Why a rainbow? Why not a dove, or an olive branch or a calm sea? To help answer this question, we should turn to the words of Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch who summarizes some of the most well known rabbinic explanations as to why a rainbow was chosen to serve as the sign of the Noachide Covenant. “Some see the rainbow a reversed weapon, a bow with its string toward earth; hence, a symbol of peace, implying that no more arrows will be shot from heaven at earth. Others perceive it as an arc linking heaven and earth; hence a symbol of the bond between heaven and earth. Still, others point out that it is woven of light and water. Light appears in the midst of ominous clouds, signifying that even when the attribute of [God’s] strict justice prevails, the world endures by God’s grace” (Commentary on Bereshit 9:15). 

However, perhaps the reason why the rainbow was chosen to serve as the symbol of the covenant is because of its diverse array of colors. According to Rav Hirsch, “From now on, God’s mode of rule will be as follows: No matter what the nuances of humankind’s future development, God will never again decree the destruction of the human race. Rather, on the basis of these very nuances and the diversity of human beings, God will educate humankind toward the Divine goal. A rainbow is essentially one unified, complete ray of light in its purest form, broken up into seven colors. These colors range from the red ray, which is the closest to the light, to the violet, which is the farthest from the light…Yet they are all shades of light, and together, they form one white ray, which shines forth in full purity. This signifies that the whole infinite variety of living things [symbolized by the various colors from the brightest] to the dullest form of life, the lowly worm, and especially the whole spectrum of humanity, from the person of the highest spiritual refinement to the one in whom there is only a faint, barely discernible glimmer of the Divine – all are united by God in one common bond of peace. In all of the them is found a refracted ray of God’s spirit, and even the dullest in spirit, who are distant from the light, are the ‘children of the light’” (Ibid.).

The rainbow, then, was chosen because it represents the beauty of the diversity of creation in all of its forms, and this diversity is what makes creation worth sustaining. Thus, every time we see a rainbow, not only should we meditate over the idea that God will never again destroy the world, but we should also consider the fact that God sustains His creation because of the inherent nuances of humanity, and how those nuances strengthen and compliment each other in our resolve to improve this world for the sake of God and each other. If we can find the “light” in one another, however bright or dim, we will be able to see that we are all bonded to one another with bonds of peace, fellowship and responsibility. 

Shabbat Shalom

-Rabbi Dan

Schedule of Services
at B'nai Abraham
We encourage everyone to daven privately when unable to attend services. Use the private time to connect to Hashem. Public prayer definitely adds to our prayer experience. Yet we also have the capacity to create a profoundly meaningful private experience with the Divine. Let us seek such an experience in the coming days.  

Friday Night

Candle Lighting

No later than 6:29PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


Shabbat Morning


9:00 AM

Youth Service

 10:30 AM

Shabbat Evening


6:20 PM


7:23 PM




Weekday Services




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TYT Tuesday Night - The Book of Judges

Tuesday 7:00pm

TYT Wednesday Mornings - The Book of Jonah

Wednesday 8:15am

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Yahrzeit Remembrances

Morris Weinberg, Father-in-law of Daniel Rosenberg,

on Sunday 5 Cheshvan

Dorothy Escovitz, Mother of Sandra Sack, on Thursday 9 Cheshvan

May their souls be bound up in the bond of life.

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Thank you to our anonymous donors.

Thank you to Mitch and Patti Davis for their aliyah donation in memory of the Jewish community of Chmielnik, Poland, on the 80th anniversary of its destruction.

Thank you to Cantor Avner Zadok for his aliyah donations.

Thank you to Jay Rubin for his aliyah donation.

Thank you to Offer and Ilana Shavit for their donation to the torah fund.

Thank you to Chuck and Vonne Kauffman for their donation to the torah fund.


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Refuah Shelayma to: 
  • Allene Novy-Portnoy; Hannah Bassa bat Sarah Osnat 
  • Avshalom ben Hannah Bassa
  • Cindy Newman 
  • Janet Goldberg; Shayna Masha bat Chasha Mina
  • Ken Friedman
  • Rebecca Millner; Rivkah bat Shoshana
  • Sheina Ruchel bat Henya Leah
  • Tzvi David ben Rivka Golda
  • Yoel Simcha ben Chaya Risha 
  • Sulta bat Nedgma
  • Zvi Aharon ben Bayla
  • Yaira bat Sarah
  • Tamar bat Chaya
  • Ilana bat Gheita
  • HaRav Avram Meir ben Eli Yosef v'Shira Chanah.
  • Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ha Rav Chaim Alter ben Necha. 
  • Baruch Akiva Ben Rivka
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Rivka Michal bat Sarah Chana
  • Lori Garza 
  • Yisroel Natan ben Sarah
  • Masha Gitil bas Chaya Yita
  • Allen Levinson; Avraham Yitzchak ben Gittel
  • Moshe ben Reizel
  • Sandra Freed
  • Shoshana bat Yocheved
  • Miriam bat Rachel v'Mordechai
  • Alta Shoshana bat Shulamit
  • Meir Psachia ben Tziril
  • Geni Berman Abitbol
  • Beilya Golda bat Leah
  • Yosef Yehoshua ben Sarah
  • Jonathan Malawer (Yosef ben Bracha)
  • Bowie Alarcon
  • Fivel ben Sarah HaLevi
  • Adam ben Chanah
  • Rafael ben Sheindal Leah
  • Aharon Asher ben Chaya Naomi
  • Esther Malka Fraida bat Serel Chaya Raiza
  • Kalev Boaz Chai ben Aliza
  • Esther Reva bat Malka
  • Avraham ben Rut
  • Peter Janson, Fievel ben Devorah
  • Sheva Eva bat Bella.
  • Dorit Iken, Dorit Chana bat Orah
  • Moshe ben Rut
  • Shulkah Malka bat Tziporah
  • Yehudit bat Sara
  • Chandal bat Basia
  • Shmuel Dovid bat Malka
  • Anthony Ben Devorah
  • Shayna Leah bat Yehudit
  • Reuven ben Shira
  • Batyah bat Sara
 Wishing all Cholei Yisrael a Refuah Shlayma. 

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Sarah Church Carroll 

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Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro

Youth Director:

Emily Yaffe

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