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Have you ever taught a kid a nursery rhyme?? Or Maybe you remember from when you learned them yourself there was always one that stuck out in memory... Humpty Dumpty!! How many times have you sat around the table and discussed this mad story?? "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again." This small nursery rhyme has caused much speculation and debate amoung the Acharonim (us). What was so "great" about Mr. Dumpty's fall? Why did he sit on the wall in the first place? Is it even commonly accepted that Mr. Dumpty was an egg. If that is the case, how does an egg sit, anyway? These questions are really for men much greater than we to deal with. However, we will attempt to deal with two other questions: 1) Considering that Mr. Dumpty was a giant egg, he must have literally shattered into a gazillion pieces and lost many pints of yolk. Why did they even attempt to put him together again? Even Super Gluing a vase that has broken into two or three pieces is beyond the ability of most men! 2) Whatever reason that the king's men might have had to attempt to reconstruct Humpty Dumpty does not explain the actions of the king's horses: Why did they bother to try and help the unfortunate egg? Everyone knows that horses do not have that much manual dexterity. They do not even have opposable thumbs! Or hands for that matter! The answer is that we can learn a tremendous lesson from the entire Humpty Dumpty affair. We learn how far the Mitzva of Chessed - the commandment to do kindness to your fellow man (or fellow egg, as it were), goes. Those of the earlier generations were so great that not only kings, but even the king's men - nay, even horses! - did what ever they could to help others. Even here, where it was clearly a futile attempt, an effort that was doomed to fail from the outset, they tried to help - so great was their desire to do kindness - the Mitzva of Chessed. I think we should all take this to heart and even when it seems that our help may not work or we may just make a mess, we should know that as the Tesco adverts say... "Every Little Helps"!!

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