Birds soar to the greatest heights, while also capable of landing on the ground down below. Birds endeavor to nest, protect their young, and pass on their tradition to their fledglings.
Jews are analogous to birds. We soar to the greatest heights, while landing on the ground down below. We endeavor to nest, protect our young, and pass on our tradition to our fledglings.
We once had a nest, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem where the Divine Presence was revealed for all to experience and feel. But what about today – how do we nest today? How do we soar to spiritual heights while simultaneously living upon this material earth down below? How do we protect our young and pass on our tradition? In a world of confusion, how do we wing it?
The answer is found in a Shiluach HaKen, the mitzvah of sending away the mother bird.
This sermon examines the interpretation of this mitzvah as presented by the third Rebbe of Chabad, the Tzemach Tzedek, who explains sending away of the mother bird in a most pertinent, relevant, and practical way – and how it is the basis for nesting, teaching our young, and passing on our eternal legacy.