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November 28, 2021 12:34 am at 12:34 am #2034936Bas🌸Participant
What do we know abt the Tachash??
did the idea of a Unicorn come from it??November 28, 2021 12:47 am at 12:47 am #2034948AviraDeArahParticipant
Medrash tanchuma parshas teruma, siman 6 brings rebbe yehudah saying that it was a one-horned, large animal with 6 colors (the baal haturim writes that tachash is gematria “שש גונא”, which means 6 colors), according to rebbe nechemia it existed bederech neis for one time just to make the yerios (curtains) of the mishkan.
In shabboa 28a-b there’s a discussion regarding if the tachash was kosher, and if it was a chaya or behema; some hold that it’s a unique creature which is neither chaya nor behema.
Rav hirsch writes that the shoresh of the word tachash is חש, that it was able to run very fastNovember 30, 2021 11:54 am at 11:54 am #2036101
Adam Harishon sacrificed a unicorn pointing to the havens by realizing that Hashem is Unique as explained by the Ksav Sofer.November 30, 2021 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm #2036181DBSParticipant
If I’m not mistaken, it wasn’t technically a unicorn, as unicorn is one-horned horse and Adam sacrificed a one-horned bull.November 30, 2021 3:29 pm at 3:29 pm #2036321
DBS, you seem to be right, I stand corrected as it was a פר
פר שהקריב אדם הראשון קרן אחת היה במצחו.November 30, 2021 4:59 pm at 4:59 pm #2036343
I did some research on this. The Yerushalmi Shabbos (2,3) brings an argument on this. Rav Hoshiah there quotes the pasuk in Tehilim (69,32) which is also quoted in our gemora in A’Z (8,1) indicating that the same bull with one horn is the tachash which Adam Harishon sacrificed being a unicorn and maybe it was not taken into the teiva by the mabul and was recreated for the mishkan and then hidden afterwards.
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