Section:  Avodah   Category: Perek Shira
Perek Shira: Tzipores Keramim - Rav Chaim Kanievsky Elaborates With One Word, "Titpalel"

My daughter was in the pediatric intensive care with a fluky and deadly heart virus.  She wasn't in the best hospital because we had no idea how serious it was when we brought her to the emergency room and the last thing we expected was that she would need to be hospitalized.  For a few days and nights we tore ourselves apart at her bedside in the pediatric ICU trying to decide if we should transfer her to another hospital.  The specialist in the other hospital said that he spoke with the doctors who were treating her and they were doing exactly what he would have done under the circumstances.  Nevertheless we were nervous and wanted her in the best possible care.

After a few days I went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky to get a bracha and ask his advice.  I was nervous and fumbled what I wanted to say and I ended up leaving after receiving the fairly standard "Bracha V'Hatzlacha".  All upset that I didn't get to ask what I wanted, the gabbai insisted I go back and explain him our deliberation.  Well, again it didn't come out exactly how I hoped but I did ask him what kind of Hishtadlus we needed to do as parents and if we needed to transfer her.  He answered in his brief style "Titpalel", daven for her.  Baruch Hashem the story has a happy ending and she stayed right where she was and recovered to full health.

The Tzipores Keramin in Perek Shira, says Rav Chaim Kanievsky, is a kind of grasshopper that has medicinal value and is used to cure people of various ills.  Because of this, says Rav Chaim, it is sought after and always in danger.  Therefore it sings "Esa Einai El HeHarim, MeiAyin Yavo Ezri", I lift my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come (if not from Hashem)?

The Shiras Meir says this is a "Remez", a hint not to run around looking for all sorts of questionable cures.  Hashem is the one who cures. "Esa Einai El HeHarim, MeiAyin Yavo Ezri" lift your eyes to Hashem and the Refuah will come from nowhere.  In one second Hashem can make the Tzipores Keramin suddenly appear to save you.  Yeshuas Hashem K'Heref Ayin.  Once you do your normal Hishtadlus, as Rav Chaim would say, Titpalel!