Positive Commandment 148

Positive Commandment 148

Sending Away the Mother Bird

Deuteronomy 22:7 "You shall surely let the mother go (before taking her young)"

Davy and Eli were constructing a tree house in their back yard. They nailed boards and hammered panels, working hard at their project.

"Hey, Eli!" Davy suddenly said in an excited tone. "Look what I found! A real bird's nest up here on the branch."

"I can see it," Eli said, peering through the branches of the tree.

"Do you think there's anything in it?"

Davy shimmied up the tree as quietly as possible, careful not to scare away a bird that might be in the nest.

"Well? What is it?" Eli called.

Davy motioned for him to keep quiet. He made his way down quickly, jumping to the ground from a low branch.

"It's a real nest! There's a mother pigeon sitting very still in the nest. She didn't even fly away when I came near. That means she's laying her eggs," explained Davy.

"Wow!" exclaimed Eli. "Let's take the eggs to show Mr. Gold, the science teacher. Boy, will he be proud of me!"

"Just a minute, Eli," said Davy. "In our Chumash class, we learned that if we want to take the eggs, we must first send the mother away."

Davy was explaining to Eli this special Mitzvah.

If a person comes across a nest that contains the mother bird and her baby birds or eggs, he must not take the mother along.

He is commanded to send the mother away and only then may he take the birds or eggs.

Malka Touger is a world-renowned teacher and lecturer. She has authored and co-authored several best-selling books and produced a number of educational videos in both English and Hebrew. She lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem, with her husband, Rabbi Eliyahu Touger, and their children.
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David Kopp pasadena, Ca November 16, 2008

And the moral is...? Awesome series! But maybe you can include another sentence or two about what the children are supposed to learn from this Mitzvah - how it attaches them to [the ways of] G-d? As it is now, the story seems more to show how one could actually come across the mitzvah, rather than understanding why Hashem put it in our Torah. Reply