Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:26 PM
where is this Gemara?
why ask about Triceratops, ask about rhinoceros
niddah 51b "all that have horns have split hooves" which leads us to yoel's comment...
Maybe we need to understand what's a horn al pi halacha. Surely Chazal were aware of the rhino. Actually, doesn't a giraffe have horns?
Rav Wikipedia says that ceratomorphs (rhinos & tapirs) have cloven hooves.
there is some discussion in chullin (59?) about what, exactly, constitutes a horn (to differentiate between a beheima and a chaya).
rashi in niddah there understands the mishna's comment to mean that all horned beasts are kosher. see also b'eir hagolah to orach chaim 586:5 and peri chadash there and in yoreh dei'ah 80, and responsa chavos yair 20
giraffes are kosher. but we dont eat them because theyre difficult to shecht
I was told that this assumption is false and of all animals, they're actually the easiest to shecht because of long knife but they're expensive and taste horrible.
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