Photo Friday: Home in the Crags

Stand for Israel  |  November 5, 2021

Hyrax in crags of Nimrod Castle
(Photo: Mark Neyman/GPO)

“Hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags” (Proverbs 30:26)

This cuddly critter, perched high atop the Holy Land on Nimrod Castle (an ancient fortress in the Golan Heights), is surely at home “in the crags.” This is a hyrax, an animal native to the Middle East that might look a bit like a rodent, but are most closely related to the elephant!

In the Bible, when you read of a rabbit or hare, you’re actually reading about a hyrax… and the animal is also mentioned by name several times, including the kosher laws in Leviticus, which states, “The hyrax, thought it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you” (11:5). Shabbat shalom, friends.