Further to the article "Satellites Monitor Predatory Bird
Migration" (30 Nisan), it is interesting to note that the
mass migration of raptors over Eretz Yisroel takes place
during the Succos season. Species referred to in the Torah
are the tachmas, netz, do'oh, ayoh, ayit, ro'oh, ozniyah,
peres, rochom and nesher.
Raptors in the Sky -- Ready for Geula?
To The Editor:
In the Haftorah for Shabbos Chol Hamoed Succos,
Yechezkel Hanovi foretold how the bodies of the defeated
armies of Gog and Magog will be strewn over the Land: "You
will fall on the mountains of Yisroel, you and all your
troops and the many nations that are with you. To the birds
of prey on the wing and to the wild animals will I give you
to be eaten . . . saying to them, `Gather and come to My
slaughter . . . you will eat meat and drink blood!'" (39:4
As is well known, there is a tradition that the war of Gog
and Magog will take place over Succos. How very convenient to
have thousands of raptors overhead ready to partake in this
accipitral feast, foretold 2500 years ago!
Amazingly it will be the shrakrak song of the
rochom bird of prey that will announce the advent of
the Geula (Chulin 63)!