During a recent hitbodedut (personal prayer) session in the citrus groves east of Ashdod, I spotted something I've never seen in Israel - wild parrots (see image above, which I took). At first, I thought they were some escaped parakeets from the nearby neighborhood, but that seemed odd because they were so large. When I came home, I did a search and happily discovered that they are wild Asiatic parakeets, aka as "Ringneck" or "Long-tailed" parakeets. I spotted a male and female that exactly resemble the ones in the prototype photo below. Our beloved holy homeland is a haven for all types of exquisite birds and wildlife. For sure, such sites inspired King David to compile Perek Shira. Our sages tell us that he knew the language of the birds, flaura and fauna. Thank You, Hashem!
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We're all aware of the dangers that the people of Israel face. Rav Shalom Arush told us to turn to Hashem with more emuna and prayer, for there's no other solution than raising our voice to Heaven.
One of the greatest of our Tannaim (Mishnaic sages, 1st - 2nd Century CE) was Rebbe Eliezer the son of Horkonus, or Eliezer the Great. Rebbe Eliezer promises: "Anyone who engrosses himself in Pereq Shira every day - I bear witness that he is destined for the World-to-Come, and is delivered from calamity, and from the Evil Inclination, and from severe judgment, and from the Satan, and from all types of evil and destruction..." (introduction, Perek Shira).
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May The Almighty grant you all your heart's wishes for the very best!
The sky as well as every other creation each has its own unique praise of Hashem, which was compiled by King David in Perek Shira, The Song of Creation. This is an amazing prayer that invokes phenomenal Divine blessings, which we invite you to download for free here, courtesy of Emuna Outreach. Enjoy!
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches (Likutei Moharan I: 34), that every individual has the potential of being a "righteous governor". Certainly, each of us has the potential of being righteous, a "tzaddik", for the prophet said, "And your people are all tzaddikim!" (Isaiah 60:21). A tzaddik has the special ability to govern over all of creation.
Reb Natan of Breslev explains (Likutei Halachot, Yora Dea, Mila 4:16), that "Creation continues to exist and function by virtue of Israel's service to Hashem, and their blessings and praise of Him, blessed is He." In simple terms, every creation fulfills its purpose in the universe thanks to the prayers and songs of Israel, thanking and praising Hashem. For example, when Israel blesses Hashem for creating the sun, moon, and stars, they glitter and illuminate! As such, the Israel that controls nature is virtually above the level of nature; nature cannot control Israel.
Rabbi Alexander Ziskind of saintly and blessed memory writes explicitely (Yesod VeShoresh HaAvoda, Gate 3, Section 5) that Israel governs over creation and that creation must comply with Israel's directives. In his elaboration of Psalm 148, he notes that a person in this lowly physical world has the power of commanding all the creations – both in the upper worlds and in the lower worlds – to praise Hashem; they are required to obey, as a fundamental law embedded in the very fiber of creation. Anyone who realizes that his or her prayers, Psalms, and songs of praise have the power to dictate orders to all of creation will surely acquire a burning desire to sing constant songs of thanks and praise to Hashem; these songs of thanks and praise are a scepter in a person's hands that enables him or her to rule over nature.
All of creation sings to Hashem. Why don't you join in?
If you see an ant, don't stomp on it; observe the little critter - he's carrying a message from Hashem:
Go to the ant, sluggard; see its ways and become wise. (Proverbs 6:6) [Perek Shira, Chapter 6]
Let's view an example of nature's classroom, the divine wisdom within each creation. Look at an anthill. Ants teach us three main lessons - honesty, faith, and diligence. Observe closely, and you'll see why.
Ants are invertebrates - they don't have a spine. Most invertebrates overheat and dehydrate in full sunlight; therefore, most of their activity above ground level is either in early morning, in late evening, or in full shade. If an ant tells a lie, his peers execute him immediately.
In bright sunlight, we don't see any ants crawling around. If we were to cast a shadow over the mound, a leader ant would peek his head out of the main entrance and walk around freely in the shade. Then, he'd return to the edge of the hole to call his buddies to come outside and join him. Meanwhile, if we were to remove the object that cast the shadow, and the emerging ants would not find shade, they'd kill the leader ant for lying to them. Ants don't tolerate the slightest form of dishonesty.
An ant lives for approximately six months, yet a grain and a half of wheat is sufficient food for its entire lifetime. If we were to dig down to the central warehouses of the anthill, we'd find about three hundred grains per ant. Each ant gathers enough food for two hundred years!
An ant never stops working, because he has faith that The Almighty will grant him a lengthy life. An ant never steals nor covets. The moment he takes a bite from a grain, the grain acquires the unique odor of its owner's saliva. No other ant will dare touch the grain of a comrade. So, by observing ants, we learn about honesty, diligence, and faith.
Shouldn't we demand from ourselves the minimal moral standards of an ant?
The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Perek Shira, the Song of Creation.
The Horse says: "Behold, as the eyes of the servants to their master's hand, as the eyes of a maid to her mistress's hand, so are our eyes to Hashem our God until He will favor us." (Psalms 123:2)
I always wondered why the horse sings the above particular passage from the Book of Psalms. I asked the question to a pair of work horses in the Ukraine, and received a remarkable answer.
As you can see for yourself, Svetlana, the mare on the right, is telling me what I need to know. She explained that one can learn the proper way to serve Hashem from a horse, just as a loyal servant serves a benevolent master or a devoted maid serves her mistress. Ludmilla, the mare on the left closer to me, mentioned 4 important points that elaborate on what Svetlana said:
1. A horse never bites the hand that feeds it; if you ever give a horse an apple, some sugar cubes, or a handful of grain, don't be afraid - the horse won't bite. So, when a human goes against Hashem's will, after Hashem feeds him/her and clothes him/her, that human is on a lower spiritual level than a horse.
2. A horse never kicks the person than feeds it or waters it. Denying Hashem and/or His Torah, or complaining about what Hashem does or how He runs the world, is tanatamount to kicking. Once again, such a person is spiritually inferior to a horse.
3. A loyal workhorse never tries to kick off its master's yoke. A human that rebels against the yoke of Torah and Divine service can learn from a horse. Horses don't need analysts and Zoloft; neither do people that happily accept the yoke of Torah and servitude to Hashem. Those who refuse to serve Hashem end up being slaves to their own evil inclinations.
4. Horses become jittery at the site of uncovered flesh. Notice that equestrians always wear riding clothes that include long trousers. An immodest person wearing a midriff or shorts that walks past a horse is risking a nasty bite. Camels and donkeys are even more sensitive to modesty than horses, so don't say you weren't forewarned. If a horse is sensitive to tznius (modesty), we certainly should be.
Above image: Lazer with one of the locals in Yanov, Ukraine, riding down a 200-year-old cobblestone street. If that street could only talk...
Image below: Ukranian hayride with a local peasant of Gypsy descent.
You can learn quite a bit from horses, and from everything else in Hashem's world.
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