Compassion for Mother Bird

66”X40” OIL ON CANVAS 2003

There are two Biblical commands that promise long life if obeyed- honoring your parents and having compassion for the mother bird.

“If a bird’s nest happens to be before you…and the mother is roosting on the young birds or the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall surely send away the mother and take the young for yourself, so that it will be good for you and will prolong your days.”

The Talmud relates an incident in which a father asked his son to climb a tree and bring him a bird from a nest. the boy sent the mother bird away, thus fulfilling both commandments which promise long life. The child fell from the tree and died.

The age-old enigma of why the good suffer is poignantly addressed in the Book of Job. Job is a righteous man whose suffering seems endless and causeless. In his anguish, Job seeks to know why. His friends cannot answer him. Finally, out of the whirlwind, the voice of God responds to Job, reminding him that mortal man cannot comprehend the mind of the creator :

“ ….Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell, if you know understanding !……Did you tie up the bond of Pleiades, or unbind the cords of Orion?….”
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