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Daily Aliya for Ki Tetzei, Sheni (2nd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Commandments discussed in this Aliya: Speedy burial of the deceased, returning a lost object to its owner, aiding a neighbor when his animal has fallen because of its burden, the prohibition against cross-dressing, and the obligation to send away a mother bird before taking its chicks or eggs.

This Aliya stresses caring in general. We must care about others’ lost objects (to the point where we must take care of it until they claim it), we must help others reload their donkey if the load fell (that might extend to flat tires or accidents), and we must care about a mother bird’s feelings when taking her eggs. Does it mean that if we follow these rules we care about other people and birds? Not necessarily, but as Rav Dessler explains, the more we do for others, the more we like them (contrary to logic dictating the opposite). Why wait for someone to do something for you in order to appreciate them, when you can do something for them and get the same (if not better) result!