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.

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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...