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 LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Don't Doubt My G-d
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

Divine intervention in Our Wars Against Our Enemies
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Paradoxical Lot
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Beginning & End of the Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Enduring Lesson
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

There's No Place Like Away From Home...
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

> The Lech Lecha Test Rates Higher Than The Ur Kasdim Test
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Learning How To Walk
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Lech Lecha: Avraham "Our Father"
Shlomo Katz - 5766

ArtScroll

Worthy of the Brocha!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Spiritual Yichus
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Lech-Lecha #1 or Lech-Lecha #2 Which is the harder test?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Use Them or Lose Them
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Connoisseur's Delight
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

Universal Responsibility
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Every Drop Matters
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758



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