Avodah – Perek Shira – 17th Tammuz, 5769

 

Perek Shira – 17th Tammuz, 5769

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Perek Shira: Be Smart Like A Dumb Donkey

Avrohom went to the Akeida on a Chamor (donkey), Yisachar is compared to a Chamor, Moshe took his family on Chamor to Mitzrayim, Bilam got blasted by his Chamor, Pinchos ben Yair’s Chamor wouldn’t eat Tevel, and Moshiach will arrive on a Chamor. What is it with the Chamor?

There is no harder working, obedient, and modest animal like a Donkey. It carries its load without fuss with its great strength. Even when it lies down it doesn’t throw off its load. It never uses this strength to fight or rebel against the wishes of a human. This is its nature. It never worries about its food because it always knows it will be rewarded for by its owner who needs to keep his trusty friend nice and strong.

The K’naf Renanim says that the Chamor is a reminder to us to put aside our own desires and subjugate ours wishes to that of our Master. “Bitul” was Avrohom’s reaction to the Hashem’s command to slaughter his son. Yisachar is completely devoted to Torah. Bilam had to be told off by a Donkey who was practicing Bitul, because he didn’t know how to be “Mivatel” himself. Moshiach will arrive when Klal Yisroel understands that we need to be Mivatel ourselves to Hashem and he will take care of us.

The Donkey sings: “Licha Hashem HaGedula, V’Hagevura, V’Hatiferes…” To you Hashem are all the virtues and powers. We look to you and are Mivatel ourselves.

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Avodah – Perek Shira – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

Perek Shira – 10th Tammuz, 5769

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Perek Shira: Rav Chaim Kanievsky – On The Bird Who Can’t Keep Quiet

The Snunis, says Rav Chaim Kanievsky in his Peirush on Perek Shira, is the Tzipor Dror that a Mitzora brings for a Korban. Why does a Mitzora bring two of these birds? The gemara says in Chulin (62a) that Tzora’as is a punishment for Lashon Hara generally committed by people who talk too much. So as a Kapara he must slaughter birds who also chirp non-stop all day to remind him that he is not a bird and should watch his mouth.

So what Shira does this bird says? “L’Maan Yizamercha V’lo Yidom”; for the sake that I will praise you and not remain silent. Talking is great. That is why Hashem gave us the ability to do so. That is what makes us better than animals. They are simply classified as “Chai”; alive. We are “Midaber”; we can speak. That puts us in a whole new league. But only if we speak what we were intended to speak; praise of Hashem for all he does for us every day. So keep on chirping away!

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Avodah – Perek Shira – 9th Tammuz, 5769

 

Perek Shira – 9th Tammuz, 5769

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Perek Shira: Who Is The Boss? The Horse Says, The One With The Food

Did you ever go horseback riding? The first and most important rule they teach you is that you need to show the horse who is the boss. If you establish that, then you are okay. If not, get ready for a rough ride on the of this fast and mighty creature. The Gemara Pesachim says that a horse eats a lot, works a little, is arrogant, and would like to kill its owner in war. Not exactly the profile of an animal that you would think would relate to a weak human being as Mr. Boss. Similarly the Gemara in Pesachim says that Canaan, the father of all slaves commanded his children who were destined to be slaves, love stealing, love adultery, hate your owner, among other less than sterling character traits.

Inborn traits like those possessed by the slave and horse are the hallmarks of someone who desperately wants his freedom. Yet both of them are loyal because they know who butters their bread. Not only are they loyal but they are a model of subjugation and modesty. Similarly says the Knaf Renanim, we too at the very least should learn from these two characters how to behave towards Hashem. We may have our own plans and desires but at the very least we should be smart enough to know that when we need food we need to totally submit ourselves to our boss. When is that? Always!

The horse says, “Hinei K’Enei Avodim El Yad Adonaihem, K’Enei Shifcha El Yad Givirta, Kein Eineinu EL Hashem Elokeinu”; we are like the arrogant slave and the maidservant whose eyes are turned towards its master in complete humility, at least when it needs something.

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