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Salamander
In Animals. The Hebrew term tinshemeh of Leviticus 11:30 is believed by some translators to be a reference to a mole. Other scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word should be viewed as a reference to a salamander. The above animal is said to be unclean. It is a non-kosher amphibian with strong limbs.

Diet: Carnivorous

Habitat: Everywhere but Antarctica and Greenland.

Sheep
In Animals. The sheep is considered to be kosher and clean according to a central dietary rule (see Leviticus 11:3 ). The sheep is a wool producing ruminant.

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Worldwide.

Skink
In Animals. The Hebrew term chomet of Leviticus 11:30 is believed by some translators to be reference to a skink. Other scholars dispute this and suggest that the word should be viewed as a reference to a snail. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded as non-kosher and unclean.The skink is a small, brightly coloured lizard.

Diet: Insectivorous/Herbivorous

Habitat: In most warm regions of the world.

Stork
In Animals. The stork or the chasidah of the Hebrew text of Leviticus 11:19 is described as a non-kosher and unclean animal in a text which codifies key dietray precepts (see Leviticus 11:19 ). Some scholars dispute this identification: according to them the stork belongs to a kosher group of animals, and is not therefore the correct translation for the term chasidah.

Diet: Frogs

Habitat: Worldwide.

Strombus
In Animals. The Hebrew term shechelth of Exodus 30:34 is considered by some translators to be a reference to the onycha flower. Other scholars dispute this and suggest instead that it should be viewed as a reference to the finger-like tip of the strombus snail or to a material that was obtained form the burning of human fingernails. The term shechelth appears in a text which lists the various types of materials out of which the congregation was to produce a sacred incense for the Ark. The strombus is a non-kosher, pleasant smelling snail. Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: Indian Ocean.

Swallow
In Animals. The swallow has been put forward as one of a number of contending identification of the type of bird that was to be used in a cleansing ritual for members of the conregation who have overcome leprosy. (See Leviticus 14:4).

The swallow is a kosher summer migrant, with a forked tail.

Diet: Insectivorous

Habitat: Africa and Europe

Voice: Twittering sequence.

Swan
In Animals. The Hebrew term tinshemeth of Leviticus 11:18 is believed by some translators to be a reference to a swan. Other scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word should be viewed as a reference to either a bat or to an owl, possibly more specfically a barn screech owl. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded as non-kosher and unclean.

The swan is one of the largest water birds. It is endowed with a thick plumage.

Diet: Herbivorous

Habitat: North West Europe

Voice: Hiss





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