The Song of the Elephant

Examining the wonders of the elephant.


Each element of nature brings out a different aspect, revealing God's majesty and flawless benevolence. The songs of the universe are constant, filling the earth and the heavens. Even if the animals and inanimate creations have no mouths with which to sing, their very existence and function form a constant song of divine beauty. Yet they can only properly express their message if we, the conductors, utter the verses that they sing and live according to their meaning. These songs, collected in Perek Shira, were traditionally composed by King David and King Solomon. “Song of Existence” is a new video series which brings to life the music of the spiritual orchestra of Creation.

Comments (21)

(17) Jody, August 30, 2019 6:07 PM

Amazing

Thank you so much for this! I can’t wait for the next one! When will each one be available to read/listen? Thank you

(16) Graciela Gerber, August 23, 2019 5:16 PM

Very well done

A magnificent tribute, not only to elephants, but to all animals

(15) Shmuel Kraines, August 23, 2019 8:04 AM

The Next Song of Existence Video


Thank you for your interest and appreciation. I am grateful to Aish for hosting.

This series will be posted on Aish on a weekly basis, beginning after the coming week.

In order to continue to produce all of the 70 videos, we will require paralleling contributions and sponsorships that may be sent to donations@songofexistence.org using PayPal. These funds are used solely to cover our expenses of $230 per video. All contributors receive honorable mention on songofexistence.org.

(14) Rav Gav B, August 22, 2019 3:14 PM

Beautiful, inspring and deep

Beautifully presented, inspiring ideas and thought provoking message.
Consider also that the elephants are the largest land-living animals, have herculian strength, and yet treat their young so gently and patiently. With all their power, they move about silently the bush. No need to impress others when you know how powerful you are.

(13) Erika kish, August 22, 2019 10:29 AM

Inspiring

I’love Animals ,I marvel over Gods creation of them. Animals give us everything, Food, clothing ,all we need to live. Yet we never think about it that way. Song of the Elephants gives us a little insight what God reminded us of .Thank you for this video, my husband and I have shared watching it,we plan on sharing with friends. Very inspiring ,uplifting greatful.

Tova Saul, August 22, 2019 3:03 PM

Animals "give" us food and clothing?

More like we take everything from them and make their lives miserable in various and sundry ways. Also, the Talmus says "Don't ask why Hashem created flies, fleas, and mosquitos. Everything creature has a purpose". Most species have no apparent use for humans. The very fact that Hashem created them is more than enough reason to have respect for their lives.

Raymond, September 8, 2019 3:55 AM

Pain vs Life

The Torah way regarding animals was summarized so very well by a son of a loca Rabbi I know, namely that what is relevant to humans is life itself, while what is relevant to animals is pain. What that means is, that when it comes to human beings, it is the inherent value of human life that is paramount, and thus we are to do whatever it takes to save human lives. That includes, among other things, being against almost all abortions, and against active forms of euthanasia. But when it comes to animals, the issue is one of pain: it is not against Torah law to kill animals, but it is against Torah law to cause animals unnecessary pain. So for example, hunting for sport is completely against Torah law, as it is done for no constructive purpose, plus it causes terrible pain to the animals in question. But to kill certain animals for food is permitted, as long as the animals are killed in a way that does not cause them any pain, which is what killing them the kosher way is all about.

(12) Anonymous, August 21, 2019 4:13 PM

Song of the Elephant

So happy to see this and to know others rejoice in the animals also. We are deeply pained when we hear of them being harmed. We always pray for God to bless the animals. Thank you.

(11) Rachel Shillingford, August 21, 2019 10:53 AM

So beautiful

I had just given up saying perek shira a few days ago. About 6 months ago I started to say it and loved it, felt it. A few days ago I gave it up, thinking I need a break, its doing nothing for me, mundane.. And here Aish has published this beauty! Just for me!!! Bishvili!!!! Thank you Aish!!!

(10) Erika kish, August 21, 2019 4:15 AM

Thank you

Thank you I’m grateful for this Enlightening video ,Elephants are beautiful creatures I always marvel at Gods creations. This wonderful story is truly inspiring at the time when animals are being attacked and exploited. Thank you so very kindly.

(9) Moshe M, August 20, 2019 10:50 PM

Thanks really amazing!!!! I hope u make videos of all of perek shira

(8) Avie Shapiro, August 20, 2019 4:55 PM

Beautiful!

Thanks foe yet another wonderful educational presentation.

(7) Liba, August 20, 2019 3:35 PM

Beautiful !!

Will all the videos for Perek Shira be available on the Wish website?

(6) Jarrod Goldberg, August 20, 2019 3:27 PM

Beautiful

Elephants as well as all other unique animals are proof of Gods existence. Only a supreme creator or imagine and make such wonders

(5) Tova saul, August 20, 2019 2:35 PM

Very nice......

....but due to the burgeoning human population, elephants and other wildlife are losing too much habitat to survive in the wild. Our obsession with being fruitful and multiplying is destroying Hashem's masterpieces.

Yoni, August 21, 2019 6:00 AM

Yo be fruitful and multiply is Hashems command. Hashems beautiful world will not be destroyed because we listen to His commands. He who created the world also knows how to sustain it.

Anonymous, August 22, 2019 3:05 PM

We went from Adam and Eve to 9 billion humans

Mission accomplished. Open your eyes and see how species are being wiped out of existence.

(4) Anonymous, August 19, 2019 2:16 PM

amazing!

I loved how nature and the torah are so intertwined. In Judiasm, everything has meaning

(3) Raymond, August 19, 2019 2:49 AM

Amazing Story

I heard an amazing story concerning elephants. There was a man named Lawrence Anthony, who was some kind of elephant whisperer. He not only took care of elephants, but seemed to understand them on a very deep level, even communicating with them in some way. Then he suddenly died an early death. Well, with absolutely nobody prompting them, a herd of elephants came to his home, and just stood there for several days, not moving, and then just as suddenly, left. It was as if they had been doing the elephant equivalent of sitting shiva.

(2) Anonymous, August 18, 2019 9:25 PM

Excellent presentation

Lovely, informative presentation
with stunning visuals, well done!

(1) Anonymous, August 18, 2019 12:23 PM

Excellent clear concise coherent

Well done Shmueli a pleasure to listen to

 

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