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Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin

Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin is the director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Israel. This essay is extracted from The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom (OU Press / The Biblical Museum of Natural History / Maggid Books).


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