Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: SHIRA Category:ALEPHBAIS Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Fri, 03 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Bais is for Bas HaYa'ana, The Ostrich The Arizal brings from the Rishonim that an ostrich is unique in that it does not sit on its eggs nor does it place them high in a tree.  The ostrich buries its eggs in the sand and with its powerful vision it watches them from afar.  The eggs are able to develop from the heat of its gaze.

Rav Yaakov Emden says that because of the special power of the ostrich's eye, some Sefardi kehilos have a minhag to hang ostrich eggs in Shul.  The ostrich egg symbolizes the power in a persons eye wherever he glances.  Seeing these eggs inspire a person to have kavana and not to look around during davening. (Otzer Hayedios Rav Y. Michel Stern)

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Aleph is for Adam The Medrash Pliah asks how is it that Adam came to do an aveira?  The Medrash answers he saw two but did not see three.  The explanation of this riddle says the Gaon HaKadosh ofShiptivika (See Yalkut Niflaos: Adam HaRishon) is the Mishna in Pirkei Avos (3:1).  Akavya ben Mahalalel says if a person keeps in mind three things he will not do an aveira.  He must remember his humble beginnings from a tiny drop, his lowly end in the dirt with worms, and his ultimate accounting before Hashem.

Adam HaRishon had a glorious roots.   He was the Yetzir Kapav, the labor of Hashem's own hands, kviyachol.  He only had two things to think about before doing an aveira.  He was missing the third piece of the puzzle, like the Medrash says.  Therefore he stumbled in his ways.

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