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Tikkun 69 – 4
“אֶת-קַשְׁתִּי, נָתַתִּי בֶּעָנָן; וְהָיְתָה לְאוֹת בְּרִית, בֵּינִי וּבֵין הָאָרֶץ ”
“I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth”
The covenant mentioned here is God’s promise to Noah that he will not bring total destruction or flood on earth again.
“וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם, וְלֹא-יִכָּרֵת כָּל-בָּשָׂר עוֹד מִמֵּי הַמַּבּוּל; וְלֹא-יִהְיֶה עוֹד מַבּוּל, לְשַׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ”
“And I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.’ ”
The word קשת, ‘bow’ (rainbow) also has the meaning of hardship.
1 Samuel 1:15
“ וַתַּעַן חַנָּה וַתֹּאמֶר, לֹא אֲדֹנִי, אִשָּׁה קְשַׁת-רוּחַ אָנֹכִי, וְיַיִן וְשֵׁכָר לֹא שָׁתִיתִי; וָאֶשְׁפֹּךְ אֶת-נַפְשִׁי, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה”
“And Hannah answered and said: ‘No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful (קְשַׁת) spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I poured out my soul before HVH”
The Zohar brings this reference to show the judgment element in the word קשת, “bow”.
The two letters קש means ‘straw’, which is what’s leftover after the wheat grains is taken out. It represents lack of light. The third letter is ת, represents Malchut that doesn’t have light of its own.
When we connect properly to the light in Malchut we connect the Hה (of Malchut) to קש and get הקש and השק. It means connecting to the circular light with righteous actions, keeping the covenant at the level of Yessod.
If seeds of light (spiritual and physical aspects of seeds) are spilled through the Yessod level we break the covenant from our side and we lose the light. We stays with קש which is difficulties and hardship in the Tikkun process.
The righteous people connect ל to קש and get שקל that relates to holiness. Numbers 7:13 “shekel of the sanctuary”. This connection to the central column in truth connects to עד, ‘witness’. The opposite cause the ד to lose the tip (Yod י) on the top right of the letter. This transforms the ד to Resh ר and make רע, means “bad”.
The seven colors of the rainbow represent the seven Sefirot of the Lower level. These colors are revealed when we ‘break’ the flow of pure white light.
When we see a rainbow we should give thanks to God for not destroying the world and also we can pause for a moment and think about stopping our actions that break the flow of light from coming into our lives.