Rav Chaim Kanievsky: Why Are You Sharing News of a Rainbow?


Several people recently told Rav Chaim Kanievsky that they saw a rainbow. Rav Chaim responded, “Why did you tell me? The Mishna Berurah clearly quotes from the Chayei Adam that one should not tell his friend that he saw a rainbow [because he is ‘motzah dibah kesil].’”

The questioner replied, “It has been a while since I saw it.”

Rav Chaim was not satisfied with the response, maintaining that one should not share that he experienced such a sighting.

As regards the brachah said upon seeing a rainbow, Rav Chaim ruled that the brachah is recited even if one only saw a portion of the rainbow. But it is not recited if it is seen in water or a mirror.”

Another interesting p’sak: Anyone who sees a rainbow and did not make a brachah, as long as the rainbow can be seen, he may make the brachah. If one saw the rainbow and it was then covered by clouds, and a few hours later the sky clears, one should make the brachah again, even the same day.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


    • Saying a foolish slander. The Pisgah Foundation translation of the MB gives a remark that a fully righteous generation does not
      require the sign of the rainbow.