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Magpie
In Animals. The Hebrew term Racham of Leviticus 11:18 is believed by some translators to be a reference to a magpie. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the term should be viewed as a reference to a little desert owl. The text states that the above animal be regarded as non-kosher and unclean.

The magpie is a member of the crow family.

Diet: Wide range of food

Habitat: Woodland, parks and gardens

Voice: Harsh, chattering (mimics human speech).

Mole
In Animals. The Hebrew term anakah of Leviticus 11:30 is believed by some translators to be a reference to a mole. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the term should be viewed as a reference to a hedgehog or a gecko. The text states that the above animal be regarded as non-kosher and unclean. The mole lives underground.

Diet: Insectivorous

Habitat: Europe, North America and Asia.

Monitor
In Animals. The Hebrew term Ko'ach of Leviticus 11:30 is believed by some translators to be a reference to a monitor. Other scholars dispute this and suggest that the word should be viewed as a reference to a chameleon. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded as non-kosher and unclean. The monitor is one of the world's largest lizards.

Diet: Carnivorous

Habitat: Coast of Israel, Negev, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Voice: Loud hiss.

Mouse
In Animals. The mouse is alluded to in a text which outlines key dietary precepts. It is stated there that it is to be regarded as unclean and non-kosher (see Leviticus 11:29 ).

The mouse is a small hibernating rodent.

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Worldwide.

Musk deer
In Animals. The Hebrew term mor of Exodus 30:23 is believed by some translators to be a reference to myrrh. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that it should be viewed as a reference to the musk that was obtained from the musk deer. The reference to the above appears in a text which enumerates the compounds that were necessary for the creation of an anointing oil. An oil that was to be used in various religious contexts.

The musk deer is a stag that has sharp, protruding teeth. It is considered to be clean and kosher.

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Nepal and Tibet.





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