Wednesday, August 31, 2005

SlifKindred Spirits

As advertised, this past Sunday I went uptown to Da Bronx Zoo for one of Rav Natan Slifkin's famous Zoo Torah Tours. Now, despite the fact that I felt somewhat uncomfortable at points participating in a private religious tour in a public area, it was definitely a lot of fun in addition to being religiously edifying and educational. Rabbi Slifkin taught us about the (un/)kosher status of all kinds of exotic animals like giraffes, bison, and turkeys. He also made a number of references to Pereq Shira and the moral lessons it teaches by associating particular animals with specific quotes from the Tanakh.

There were between 20 and 30 people in attendance, including little kids, whole families, and older individuals, including one middle-aged man who had just gotten back from sneaking into and getting thrown out of Gush Qatif.

We saw and learned about all kinds of animals, including camels, okapis, various tropical snakes, bears, and what was according to R' Slifkin one of the most beautiful of God's creations(/evolutions ;-) ), a snow leopard. We even saw a binturong, also known as the South-East Asian "bearcat". The bearcat is neither a bear, nor a cat. Discuss!


Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

Sorry that I didn't make it (though I meant to).

There's always next time.

PS: Has your new job started? How is it?

8/31/2005 9:52 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

It's in the process of starting. Classes begin after Laborday. I'm hoping to teach some of the drashs (sic) about the Seven Weeks' Haftaras, which is why i need to find copies of the Pesiqtas soon :-P .

That's also why i haven't been as blogly active lately. Expect a sharp drop in participation when the schoolyear actually begins. :-(

8/31/2005 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bearcat, is, however, the mascot of the State University of New York at Binghamton.

9/01/2005 11:28 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

If you meet me at JTS, I can check out copies of the Pesiqoso for you.

9/01/2005 2:38 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Cool, sounds good, thanks! Would sometime later today or sometime tomorrow be good? I have no idea when their library is open.

9/01/2005 4:03 PM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

The library closed at 5:00 PM today (they're on August hours).

Tomorrow, they will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Send me an e-mail ASAP, or call me at home after 9:00 PM tonight.

BTW, I noticed that the English edition has a summary of each Pisqa affixed to the beginning of it. This is VERY helpful, because it is often confusing and difficult to figure out what the theme of a particular pisqa is.

9/01/2005 5:54 PM  
Blogger MC Aryeh said...

Binturong rearranged is Tug On Rubin. Who is Rubin and why are people tugging on him?

9/01/2005 6:39 PM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

The bureaucrat, is, however, a body of nonelective government officials b : an administrative policy-making group

9/02/2005 2:44 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Sounds wonderful. Really.

9/04/2005 10:37 AM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Sounds great to me too.

9/04/2005 2:03 PM  
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