NS published today a pilpul around the Torah understanding of the animal world and the profound motivations of his ideological opponents.
This is explicitly related to my approach to this issue, as he mentions my name many times.
Interestingly, he did not answer the questions I posted recently in our blogspot, even the most elemental one, i.e.
“…In fact, the hyrax appears to be more of a maaleh gerah than the hare.”
In which page in NS’s book (first or second edition) did he write what is his definition of “maaleh gerah” and the sources on what he based his definition?
As far as you do not define a category, you cannot include or exclude any animal.
I am still waiting…
Now he wants to distract the readers with his 10 questions:
- Are the lama, alpaca, vicuna and guanaco to be classified as being of the same min (type) as the camel?
- Is the rabbit classified as being of the same min as the hare?
- Does cecotrophy (the reingestion of special fecal pellets) by hares and rabbits rate as ma’aleh gerah?
- Do we believe those zoologists who say that the capybara practices cecotrophy?
- Is the capybara considered to be a sheretz or a chayah?
- Is the shafan the hyrax?
- Does the hyrax practice merycism?
- Is merycism considered to be maaleh gerah?
- Is the alleged merycism of koalas and proboscis monkeys the same as that of the hyrax?
- Is it likely that the shafan and arneves are extinct, unknown animals?
I have to acknowledge that after reading these 10 questions I am very happy bechasde Hashem Yitbarach, because the first 9 questions are frontally approached in our B”H forthcoming book “The enigma of the biblical shafan” (with more than 500 Torah and science sources).
Question number 10 was not addressed in our book because I did not consider it relevant to our approach.
Special attention was invested B”H in defining all the relevant concepts and checking that the answers to the 9 individual questions are consistent with each other.
Meanwhile, I would like to ask in which page of his first or second edition, a scientific source was provided for the purported hyrax merycism.
Otherwise, please specify any definition of “maaleh gerah” that includes the hyrax.