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Okape
In Animals. The hebrew term tachash of Exodus 25:5 is considered by some translators to be a reference to blue processed skins. Other scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the term be viewed as a reference to either an ermine or an okape antelope or an okape or a giraffe or lastly, a narwhal or dugong. The above term appears in a text which notes the various types of offerings that the congregation are to bring to the tabernacle.

The okape is a kosher, rare mammal, which is closely related to the giraffe.

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Central Africa.

Oryx
In Animals. The Oryx, which is a specific type of antelope, is mentioned in a text which outlines key dietary precepts (see Deuteronomy 14:5 ). It is said there that it is to be regarded as a clean and kosher animal. The oryx has long straight horns.

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Middle East.

Osprey
In Animals. The Hebrew term Azniyah of Leviticus 11:13 is believed by some translators to be a reference to an osprey. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word should be viewed as a reference to an albatross or alternatively as a reference to a black vulture. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded as unclean and non-kosher.

The osprey is a large member of the hawk family.

Diet: Carnivorous

Habitat: Worldwide, except Antarctica

Voice: Repeated high pitched whistles.

Ossifrage
In Animals. The Hebrew term peres of Leviticus 11:13 is believed by some translators to be a reference to an ossifrage. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word should be viewed as a reference to a bearded vulture. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded unclean and non-kosher.

It is the largest European bird of prey

Diet: Carnivorous

Habitat: Mountain areas from the Pyrenees to India.

Ostrich
In Animals. The Hebrew term bath yaanah of Leviticus 11:16 is believed by some translators to be a reference to an ostrich. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the term should be regarded as a reference to a desert eagle owl. The text states that the above animal be regarded as non-kosher and unclean.

The ostrich is the largest member of the non-flying birds.

Diet: Carnivorous/Herbivorous

Habitat: Sandy plains

Voice: Mournful cry.

Owl
In Animals. The Hebrew term tachmas of Leviticus 11:16 is believed by some translators to be a reference to an owl. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word be viewed as a reference to a falcon. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded as non-kosher and unclean.

It is a nocturnal hunting bird.

Diet: Carnivorous

Habitat: Worldwide

Voice: Hooting and Eerie.

Ox
In Animals. The ox is mentioned in a text which outlines key dietary precepts (see Deuteronomy 14:4 ). It is regarded as a clean animal and kosher mammal.

The domesticated ox is a large animal which is clean and kosher

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Worldwide.





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