We are happy to announce the publication of the book The Enigma of the Biblical Shafan by Dr. Yitzchak Betech and Dr. Obadia Maya. It is available in some Jewish bookstores in USA (color edition) and also in Blurb.com (where a preview of the hardcover and softcover versions is available).
Torah and scientific research suggesting a solution to the enigma of the identity of the Biblical shafan. Appendices on the Talmudic science-related statements about fish (scales/fins) and lice (reproductive biology). Includes about 1000 bibliographical references, more than 100 color illustrations and four indexes. With many approbation letters by leading Roshei Yeshiva and by experts on the issue.
The Torah included the shafan and the arnebet among the non-kosher animals with only one kosher sign. Throughout the centuries, the usual translations of these terms were, respectively, rabbit and hare.
Indeed, current science shows that all the characteristics Jewish classic literature attributes to these animals do occur in the rabbit and the hare.
This publication will make the case that the Torah/Talmudic definition of “maaleh gerah” includes a qualified form of cecothropy practiced by the rabbit and hare.
The following essay B”H refutes different options (like the hyrax, the llama and the pika) suggested and published by some as the identity of the shafan. And additionally, it answers in a systematic approach, the published challenges to our conclusions regarding the identity of the shafan.
After extensive research, as presented in a comprehensive chapter (which analyzes the kangaroo and the capybara among other animals), we did not find any additional “min” (Torah-type creature) with only one kosher sign besides the four mentioned in the Torah, and we can recognize with admiration, today as always, that only the Master of the World could state this accurate information thousands of years ago.
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