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May 27, 2021

spooky pigeon

Hamechadesh is reporting on the story of a spooky pigeon that might be a gilgul, a reincarnation, of something or someone...

Somebody in Tzfat, Safed, died a couple of months or so ago, at the end of Pesach. The family sat shiva in the home in Tzfat, and one day during the shiva just as they finished davening mincha a pigeon flew in through the open window and settled down on one of the chairs. The bird wouldnt budge, and someone present gave it some food to eat. After its meal the bird still stayed put. They tried to get it out, but it refused to leave, and they even said to it "you are forgiven" as is common in these situations, but to no avail.

After a little while someone came in and saw the bird, grabbed it and put it outside the window, and closed the window, leaving the pigeon on the outside. Birdie sat on the outside window sill and would not move. It pecked at the window occasionally, but just continued to sit there.

Eventually the room got hot so they opened the window again. Sure enough, Birdie came back in. After some time passed someone put it outside again, and it just sat there knocking at the window.

By now the bird has been with the family for about 3 hours. 

At 10pm a noted talmid chochom, a tzaddik, comes in to visit the family and pay a shiva call. They asked him what to do about the bird, he's been hanging around for hours, since mincha.

After a few minutes of pondering the situation, the talmid chochom asked what is done in the shiva house between mincha and maariv. They said that they sit down and talk about the deceased, as is done the rest of the time in the shiva house. Talmid Chochom asked, why do you not learn mishnayos, with the letters of neshama, as is recommended to do in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with the guests learning the mishnayos (because the mourners are not allowed to learn) and the mourners conclude the session  by saying kaddish?

After Talmid Chochom said that, the family immediately asked the guests present to learn the mishnayos and as soon as they concluded the kaddish the bird picked himself up and left.

For the remainder of the shiva they learned mishnayos in between mincha and maariv.

The bird even left without saying "Hamakom"...How rude!

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  1. But did the bird say "yehi shmei rabba?"

  2. וְלֹא-מָצְאָה הַיּוֹנָה מָנוֹחַ לְכַף-רַגְלָהּ, וַתָּשָׁב אֵלָיו אֶל-הַתֵּבָה

  3. The bird had to have been well over a week old.

  4. A bird once flew into the Beis Medresh of the Yeshiva in Gateshead England and did not want to fly from its newly acquired perch. A bachur asked a Rosh Yeshiva "Efsher it`s a Gilgul"?. The RY responded "Efsher it`s a Foygul (bird)"?

  5. I believe once a cat came into a shiur given by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Ztzl, and wouldn't leave. He told the people to leave it alone, and after the shiur it left.


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