Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Purim
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

A Purim Lesson???

by Rabbi Yehudah Prero

We know that Purim is a time of great joy. It is also a time when people don't take things just as seriously as they do the rest of the year. It is in this vein that Rabbi Mendel Zlotnick, the guest contributor to this "special" Purim issue of YomTov, composed his thoughts. And just remember, you never know from where you can learn something!!! With that note...


"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again."

This passage has caused much speculation and debate amoung the commentators. What was so "great" about Mr. Dumpty's fall? Why did he sit on the wall in the first place? It is commonly accepted that Mr. Dumpty was an egg. That being the case, how does an egg sit, anyway?

These questions are really for men much greater than we to deal with. In this humble composition, we will attempt to deal with two other questions:
1) Considering that Mr. Dumpty was a giant egg, he must have literally shattered into a gazillion pieces and lost many pints of yolk. Why did they even attempt to put him together again? Even Krazy Gluing a vase that has broken into two or three pieces is beyond the ability of most mortals!
2) Whatever reason that the king's men might have had to attempt to reconstruct Humpty Dumpty does not explain the actions of the king's horses: Why did they bother to try and help the unfortunate egg? Everyone knows that horses do not have that much manual dexterity. They do not even have opposable thumbs! Or hands for that matter!

The answer is that we can learn a tremendous lesson from the entire Humpty Dumpty affair. We learn how far the Mitzva of Chessed - the commandment to do kindness to your fellow man (or fellow egg, as it were), goes. Those of the earlier generations were so great that not only kings, but even the king's men - nay, even horses! - did what ever they could to help others. Even here, where it was clearly a futile attempt, an effort that was doomed to fail from the outset, they tried to help - so great was their desire to do kindness - the Mitzva of Chessed.


For questions, comments, and topic requests, please write to Rabbi Yehudah Prero.


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Understanding the Faith of Noach
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

A Sobering Lesson
- 5768

The Sign of the Olive
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Faxs vs. Kidney Stones
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Free Gifts for People Who Find Favor
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

The Roots of Evil
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

> Can You Enjoy While Others Lack?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Great In His Own Times
Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein - 5768

Making It Perfect
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

ArtScroll

Constant Taking is Self Destructing
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

Saved From a Rainy Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

When the Illegitimate Becomes Legitimate
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Improving Our Own World
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Procreation: Creating Worlds
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

A Wasted Tragedy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5762

Rabbi Frand on Parshas Noach
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information