Perek Shira - Retzifi Say Nachamu Nachamu Ami - The Rare Bird Survives The Galus With Achdus
The Knaf Renanim describes this unknown bird that lives in the northen hemishphere and does not like the cold. Yet during migration season when the rest of the warm weather birds fly down south the Retzifi, says the Kenaf Renanim, stays behind because it doesn't want to miss the first days of summer. How does it survive the harsh winter? Groups gather together ranging from tens to hundreds and descend together to the bottom of a lake or river and form a tight circle where each bird puts its head underneath the feathers of the bird next to it.
From the Retzifi we learn two valuable lessons, says the Knaf Renanim. First unlike the American expression that says "when the going gets tough the tough get going" we learn that when the galus gets hard do not run away. Accept your punishment and do not curse the pain and grief. We should be so excited in anticipation the Geula that we simply don't want to leave our place for greener pastures. We should endure just to be first on line when the big day comes.
The second valuable lesson that we learn is that the way to survive the galus is through achdus. Each bird has no chance to survive individually. Its warmth and survival come from joining together in a way that each bird can provide warmth to its neighbor. So to for us to survive the galus and the threats from the outside Am Yisroel must stick together and unite and provide support for our fellow Jew.
After the Churban Hashem prepares us for the Galus and tells us "Nachamu Nachamu Ami" Learn from the the Retzifi how to hang on during the cold dark winter in order to enjoy the first rays summer.
Anonymous, 2007-07-25 21:03:29 Does rabbi Slifkin Know abut this bird?Meaning is it an allegorical bird or does it exsistau, 2007-07-25 23:06:17 I am sorry but I am not familiar with Rabbi SlifkinLi, 2007-07-31 05:11:18 Great visual. In terms of us though, where we can we run? The Galus is everywhere. Unless you meant that we should keep warm under the tent of Torah?