Perek Shira: The Song of Existence - The Song of the Dew
by Rabbi Shmuel Kraines
The Dew says:
“I will be like dew for the Jewish people. They will sprout like a rose and they will strike roots like the cedars of Lebanon.” (Hoshea 14:6)
Dew is no less essential for the growth of plant-life than is rain. However, unlike rain, which is beneficial only in the correct season and amount, and even then, it is bothersome, dew is always a welcome blessing, and it is perpetual throughout the year. Another distinction between them is that dew forms without arousal from below, whereas rain falls only after vapor has risen and formed as clouds.
Thus, the dew sings of how, at the time of the future redemption, Hashem will take the first step to renew His relationship with His people, and He will nurture them everlastingly. Then, “they will sprout like a rose,” which is cone-shaped and uniquely receptive of dew, accepting Hashem’s invitation to return. “They will strike roots like the cedars of Lebanon,” repenting completely and sprouting in towering glory.
- Sources: Ta’anit 4a; Radak; Kenaf Renanim
*In loving memory of Harav Zeev Shlomo ben Zecharia Leib