Audio: Is It Against Torah for a Giraffe & Elephant to Pull a Chariot?

Mitzvot Galore. TTA for Ki Teitzei.
8/16/2013, 10:59 AM

A7 Radio's "Torah Tidbits Audio" with Phil Chernofsky
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The Torah says... we may not harness an ox and a donkey together to pull a plow. Our Sages teach us that it is forbidden to pull a circus wagon with an elephant and two giraffes harnessed together (as described in Dr. Seuss' "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" - his first children's book, by the way). Is this Rabbinic extension of Torah Law? No, it is not. It is the transmission of the Oral Law that teaches us that ox, donkey, and plowing are all examples, and that the tying together of any two animals for any function is a Torah violation.

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Phil Chernofsky is the educational director of the Orthodox Union's OU Israel Center in Jerusalem and editor of the Torah Tidbits parsha pamphlet. Since 1998, he has hosted Torah Tidbits Audio, a shiur on the weekly parsha with witty insights. It airs every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Israel time and is downloadable as a podcast on Israel National Radio. Phil made Aliyah to Israel over 30 years ago. He is the author of the newly released book And Every Single One Was Someone, a tribute to victims of the Holocaust.
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