R. Natan Slifkin’s The Camel, the Hare and the Hyrax is once again available!
“Every animal that has hooves that are fully split and brings up the cud, you shall eat. However, this you shall not eat… the camel, the hare, and the hyrax, for they bring up the cud, but they do not have split hooves; therefore they are unclean to you.” (Deuteronomy 14:6-7)
For more than a century, the Torah’s list of animals with one kosher sign has been a source of controversy. This obscure topic is used both by those seeking to demonstrate the Torah’s scientific knowledge and also by those seeking to challenge it. Do we know the correct identities of these animals? Do they indeed chew the cud and lack split hooves? Does the Torah claim them to be the only such animals? And are there any others?
The Camel, the Hare and the Hyrax is a thorough study of these questions. Out of print for several years, it has just been reprinted! This groundbreaking work draws upon a wealth of Torah literature and the latest zoological research to present a detailed and comprehensive study of this difficult topic. The Camel, The Hare And The Hyrax also explores other related topics, such as the classifying kosher mammals, and the Talmud’s rules regarding kosher fish. It will be reaching Jewish bookstores in the US soon, but probably not in time for when Daf Yomi reaches these topics (August 24th). To obtain a copy before then, at the special launch price of $21.95 plus $5 local shipping to America or Israel, go to www.zootorah.com/hyrax.
“Rambam wrote that difficult and deep passages of the Talmud cannot be addressed by enthusiasm alone. We do a great injustice to the Torah and the Sages by providing explanations that don’t really hold water. Sensitive areas of the Torah must be approached with hard work, thorough research, rigorous analysis, and intellectual honesty. In this authoritative book, Rabbi Slifkin once again applies these qualities, and this is why it succeeds.”
– Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Author, Maharal: Be’er HaGolah
See here for R. Yisroel Belsky’s letter of approbation to the first edition: link
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