The Kabbalah of Birds' Nests

Is a biblical commandment against taking a mother bird with her young intended to teach mercy, or is it about something else?

A watercolor, called Bird’s Nest, by H. Lynde, 1862. Brooklyn Museum.

A watercolor, called Bird’s Nest, by H. Lynde, 1862. Brooklyn Museum.

Observation
Aug. 23 2018
About the author

Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.


Several years ago, my mother texted me a picture of a pigeon that was roosting on a nest on her balcony. For many, this might have been a simple annoyance. But for her, as for other religiously observant Jews, it represented a rare and exciting opportunity to fulfill the will of God.

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