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 is a writer and educator. She lives in Israel.

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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