Section: Galus & Geula   Category: Eretz Yisroel
Parshas Re'eh: Armchair Critic From Thousand of Miles Away

The pasuk lists all the unkosher birds.  Among them are the Ra'a, Aaya, and Dayah.  Rashi says, "The Ra'ah, Aayah, and Dayah are one and the same. Why is it called "Ra'ah"? Because its vision is exceedingly powerful. The gemara in Chulin adds that the Ra'ah can stand in Bavel and see a Nevailah in Eretz Yisroel. Why would a bird with such a gift of vision be considered a non-kosher bird? Oznaim L'Torah explains, one who stands in Bavel - Chutz L'Aretz - and sees a Nevailah in Eretz Yisroel - which means that it sees the faults of Eretz Yisroel thereby not coming to live in the Holy Land, is considered a Tamei!

Many of us live in countries far away from Eretz Yisroel.  Surely each and every one of us has a good justification for being where we are.  It is important not to forget where our true homeland is.  Certainly we should not try to ease our pain, of being sentenced to life so far away, by criticizing life and happenings in Eretz Yisroel.  Even if we had bird's eye vision to accurately see across continents and oceans, still the torah considers this unkosher.  We don't, so we really shouldn't.

Let's look at our own nest and see how we can perfect it.  B'Ezras Hashem, very soon we will be zocheh to transplant our beautiful nest to our true homeland, to adorn the palace of Hashem, B'Bi'as Go'el Tzedek Bimheira BiYameinu Amein.