Parashat Hukat / Battles of animals – and wits
Rabbi Simeon refutes the argument by Rabbi Tarfon, who then drops out of the debate. Rabbi Yossi refutes Rabbi Simeon, who also drops out. Then Rabbi Akiva refutes Rabbi Yossi’s argument, and emerges as victor.
Chapter 8 of the Book of Daniel presents the following vision: “And I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the stream a ram which had two horns; and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; and no beasts could stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of...
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