September 4, 2003
For the Kids
Last week, we learned not to cut down the fruit trees of our enemies in times of war because, as the Torah says, the trees are "not our enemy."
In this week's parshah, Ki Tetze, the Torah continues its compassionate attitude toward nature's creatures: Do not pull a baby bird out of its nest when its mother is around. If you have to do it (because you need to eat) do it when the mother is away from the nest.
It also reminds us to help -- not ignore -- an animal that has fallen down in the road. The Torah says to always be considerate and think about how your actions will affect the people and creatures around you.
Liat Chesed, 71Â¼2, of Los Angeles, writes:
I like to grow trees.
They're beautiful and so green.
I plant and I plant.
I feel like a tree.
A Yiddle Riddle
Rabbi Levy was getting ready for synagogue in the month of Elul. All of a sudden, he heard a car honking its horn. He looked outside and there was a limousine with a driver parked outside his house. He realized that his students had misunderstood his request.
What had the rabbi asked for and what did his students bring him instead? (Hint: Two similar words -- one in Hebrew and one in English.)
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The winner will receive a gift certificate to Baskin-Robbins.