discusses the waiving-raising ceremony of the peace offering. This ceremony
requires waiving-raising the breast and thigh of the offering; the waiving is
done in four directions - east, north, west and south. The raising is done in two
directions - up and down. Rashi following the Talmud, Menacoth 62a explains
the symbolism (Davka translation provided below).
We can explain this symbolism as follows: The breast covers the heart, the
seat of emotions; the thigh is the organ of motion, the activity
of persual. The waiving in four directions symbolically affirms the
acceptance of people from the entire world. By accepting all people one wards off
depression which typically comes from a confrontation with a not-understood personality.
The raising up and down symbolically affirms the presence of heaven
and hell; the awareness of heaven and hell prevents foul language. Together
the waiving and raising procedure facilitate persual of ones desires without depression and
with an atmosphere of dignity. It is interesting that the Bible finds a remedy to depression
and foul language in the awareness of the multiplicity of world personalities and the awareness
of the reality of heaven and hell.
Advanced Rashi: Rashi literally says that the waiving prevents violent
winds while the raising prevents bad dews. However I have, consistent with
the whole Rashi passage, interpreted this symbolically: The Hebrew word for depression is
bad wind; a Hebrew word for words is drops. Hence I believe the above symbolic
interpretation justified. Notice how I also connect the symbol and symbolized - because
a person is aware of the multiplicity of world personalities therefore (s)he does not undergo