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Zevachim 113bEdit

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On the view that the Flood did not descend there [in Eretz Israel], it is well: thus the re'em stayed there. But on the view that it did descend, where did it stay? — Said R. Jannai: They took the young [of the re'em] into the Ark. But surely Rabbah b. Bar Hanah said: I saw a sea re'em, one day old, which was as big as Mount Tabor. And how big is Mount Tabor? Forty parasangs. Its neck, stretched out, was three parasangs; the place where its head rested was a parasang and a half. It cast a ball of excrements and blocked the Jordan! — Said R. Johanan: They took its head [only] into the Ark. But a master said: The place where its head rested was three parasangs? — Rather, they took the tip of its nose into the Ark. But surely R. Johanan said: The Flood did not descend in Eretz Israel? — He explains [it thus] on the view of Resh Lakish. But the Ark plunged up and down? — Said Resh Lakish: They tied its horns to the Ark. But surely R. Hisda said: The people in the generation of the Flood sinned with hot passion, and with hot water they were punished? — And on your view, how could the Ark travel [at all]? Moreover, how did Og king of Bashan stand? Rather, a miracle was performed for it [the water], and it was cooled at the side of the Ark.

Chullin 59bEdit

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[It must be distinguished from cattle] in order that its fat be permitted to be eaten. And it should read thus: The following are the characteristics of wild animals whose fat is permitted: All that have horns and [sharp pointed] hoofs. R. Dosa says — Those that have horns need not be examined as to their hoofs, but those that have [sharp pointed] hoofs must still be examined as to their horns. And the Keresh, though it has but one horn, is permitted. But is this a general rule? Behold the goat has horns and [sharp pointed] hoofs, nevertheless its fat is forbidden! — We mean horns that are rounded. But are not the horns of an ox rounded, yet its fat is forbidden? — We mean horns that are notched. But are not the horns of the goat notched, nevertheless its fat is forbidden? — We mean horns that are forked. But the horns of the deer are not forked, nevertheless its fat is permitted! — We mean horns that are pointed. Therefore, if its horns are forked, there is no question at all about it. But if they are not forked, we then require them to be rounded and pointed and also notched, and the notches must run one into the other. This indeed is the doubt in connection with the Karkuz goat.

‘And the Keresh, though it has but one horn, is permitted’. Rab Judah said: The Keresh is the deer of Be-Ila'i, the Tigris is the lion of Be-Ila'i. R. Kahana said: There is a distance of nine cubits from one ear to the other ear of the lion of Be-Ila'i. R. Joseph said: The hide of the deer of Be-Ila'i is sixteen cubits long.

Chullin 60aEdit

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Rab Judah further said: The bullock which Adam sacrificed had but one horn in its forehead, as it is said: And it shall please the Lord better than a bullock that hath horns [makrin] and hoofs’. But does not makrin imply two horns? — R. Nahman said: Mkrn is written.

Shabbath 28bEdit

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What is our conclusion with respect to the tahash which existed in Moses’ days? — Said R. Elai in the name of R. Simeon b. Lakish, R. Meir used to maintain, The tahash of Moses’ day was a separate species, and the Sages could not decide whether it belonged to the genus of wild beasts or to the genus of domestic animals; and it bad one horn in its forehead, and it came to Moses’ hand [providentially] just for the occasion, and he made the [covering of the] Tabernacle, and then it was hidden. Now, since he says that it had one horn in its forehead, it follows that it was clean. For R. Judah said, The ox which Adam the first [man] sacrificed had one horn in its forehead, for it is said, and it shall please the Lord better than an ox, or a bullock that hath a horn [sic] and hoofs. But makrin implies two?-Said R. Nahman b. Isaac: Mi-keren is written. Then let us solve thence that it was a genus of domestic animal? — Since there is the keresh, which is a species of beast, and it has only one horn, one can say that it [the tahash] is a kind of wild beast.

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