The Mitzvah of The Mother Bird

Question

Two questions: (1)With regard to the mitzvah of shooing away the mother bird and taking her eggs, the reward for which is longevity, is it true that if the nest is on one’s own property, it is not eligible for the completion of this mitzvah because it is on one’s private property rather than in the public domain? (2) So if a nest with eggs appears several times on one’s property and because the reward is longevity just like with honoring one’s parents, is it possible that the Divine message within the repeat occurrence could possibly be to remember to honor one’s own parents? Seems like a likely connection since Hashem communicates with us always. Please elaborate on this, if you will, in terms of this particular mitzvah and its relationship to longevity. Thank you so much.

2 years

Answers

  1. There is an essay on the Star-K site that discusses the Mitzvah. I hope that you find it both informative and helpful:

    http://www.star-k.com/kashrus/kk-shiluach-hakan.htm

    I have never heard of such an idea before. In truth I think that birds have a habit of returning to the same spot to build their nests. Does that indicate some kind of Divine message? I am not sure but, if there is, it sounds like a question that needs to be asked to a Kabbalist – which I am not.

     

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team

  2. There is an essay on the Star-K site that discusses the Mitzvah. I hope that you find it both informative and helpful:

    http://www.star-k.com/kashrus/kk-shiluach-hakan.htm

    I have never heard of such an idea before. In truth I think that birds have a habit of returning to the same spot to build their nests. Does that indicate some kind of Divine message? I am not sure but, if there is, it sounds like a question that needs to be asked to a Kabbalist – which I am not.

     

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team