Monday, July 16, 2007
The Egg by Rabbi Lazer Brody
From Rabbi Lazer Brody's website...
Thursday, 12 July 2007
The Egg - Symbol of the Three Weeks
There's so much intrinsic wisdom within an egg, just like there is in all of Hashem's creatures and creations; all we have to do is to open our eyes and observe.
Eggs are closely tied to the "Three Weeks", the period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av. This period is an annual time of mourning for the Jewish people because of all the calamaties that occurred throughout our history, most notably and tragic - the destruction of our First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem. Interestingly, hard-boiled eggs are the food that is fed to mourners, since the round egg represents the life cycle which is also round.
Most remarkable is that the period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av consists of 21 days. The incubation span of an egg is - by no coincidence - 21 days. 21 is also the gematria of Hashem's Holy Name Ehye'h, which according to tradition is the Name that signifies personal Divine providence. This means that even our troubles are the product of Hashem's Divine providence, especially tailored to the minutest detail for our ultimate best.
At the completion of the 21 day cycle, the egg hatches and a baby chick - a new life - emerges. We too pray that at the termination of this difficult 21-day period, the new and eternal Holy Temple will emerge as well, shining Hashem's holy light to the far corners of the earth, amen.
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