October 6, 2013 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #610805LevAryehMember
The Gemara in Bava Kama on 80a uses the term ?????? ?????. The word ?????? means weasels, and ????? means [thorn]bushes.
Artscroll explains that the Gemara is referring to a type of weasel which lives among bushes.
Jastrow in his entry on ????? brings down the term ?????? ????? and translates it as porcupine. According to this, the expression probably does not mean weasels which live in bushes; rather in all likelihood ?????? ????? means weasels which have bushes [on their backs].
Therefore I propose that instead of referring to these animals by the name which America, the Treifah Medinah tries to indoctrinate us with – “porcupine” – we, Bnei Torah, should heretofore refer to them as … BUSHY WEASELS.October 6, 2013 8:26 pm at 8:26 pm #983589RedlegParticipant
The American porcupine is not and was not found in the Middle East and could not have been known Chazal of the gemorah. The “Bushy Weasel” of Bava Kamma was more likely the common hedgehog which is, indeed, found in their localities.October 6, 2013 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #983590HaLeiViParticipant
Why wouldn’t it be called a Kpod?October 6, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm #983591LevAryehMember
Redleg – I know that; the Gemara in Bava Kama says ??? ?????? ?????… ???? ???? ??????? which sounds very much like what Artscroll says. This post was quite tongue-in-cheek. I shall continue to call the porcupine a bushy weasel!
HaLeiVi – What?October 6, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm #983592TheGoqParticipant
Oh i thought this was gonna be about Jeb running in 2016.October 7, 2013 3:51 am at 3:51 am #983593SaysMeMember
how many times a year do YOU say the word ‘porcupine’?October 7, 2013 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #983594twistedParticipant
Redleg, in addition to the echidna/hedgehog present here, there is an Asian version of the great porcupine which although rare, is found in EY from time to time.October 28, 2013 8:33 am at 8:33 am #983595👑RebYidd23Participant
tree/bush-pigOctober 28, 2013 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #983596twistedParticipant
OP there is an Asian porcupine quite like the american one,just paler in color. They are present in EY today, and most likely were in the past when there was much more forest and scrub cover than there is today.October 28, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm #983597Bookworm120Participant
Wow. No kidding…. LAB, you may have just made an amazing discovery!
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