Wednesday, December 14, 2005

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Thursday, December 15, 2005


Kislev 14, 5766 * December 15, 2005

D A I L Y M I T Z V A H (M A I M O N I D E S )

Today's Mitzvot (Day 104 of 339):

Positive Mitzvah 148

Positive Mitzvah 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 shimmered 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.


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