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Friday, April 13, 2007

This Week's Parshah

Warning: This may actually border on being a D'var Torah

This week's Parsha (Torah portion) is Shmini. This is always the parsah I point to when people ask me why I Believe the Torah is of Divine origin.

Hang on and let me cite Chapter and Verse at you...Vayikra Yud Aleph, Passuk Zayin. (Leviticus 11:7).

"and the pig, for its hoof is split and its hoof is completely separated but, it does not chew its cud"

This is the sole animal the Torah describes like this. One can assume, therefore, that the Torah is saying there are no other animals with those particular characteristics. Pretty bold claim, no? Especially when one takes into account how little of the world mankind had explored even a couple of hundred years ago.

Yet we have found no other animal with those characteristics.

I, personally, find that fascinating.