Filed under: ANIMALS
SOMEONE SAID :
God makes the animals and parades them before Adam to see if any would strike his fancy. But none seem to have what it takes to please him. After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. The naming of several million species must have kept Adam busy for a while. 2:18-20
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found.”
(GEN 2:18-20 )
Adam’s first task in this world was to give names to all the animals.
The Sages say that a “Hebrew” name is a statement of one’s essence, one’s character one’s path in life and of one’s special qualities. A person’s Hebrew name is not merely a convenient collection of letters but also actually reveals the creatures characteristics. The Midrash (Genesis Raba 17:4) says that when the first man, Adam, was naming the animals, he “looked into the essence of every creature and named it accordingly.” For example, the donkey, an animal viewed as carrying heavy physical burdens is named chamor In Hebrew, chamor (donkey) has the same root as chomer, meaning materials, i.e. suggesting the heavy objects that it carries. (Contrast this with English, where the word “donkey” does not reveal anything pertaining to the nature of a donkey!) God wanted Adam to recognize his uniqueness. It was. God wanted Adam to understand that he alone among all the creations was endowed with free will and formed in the likeness and image of God. Therefore, God showed Adam all His other creations and allowed Adam to recognize the unique qualities of each creation while realizing at the same time his own uniqueness.
Throughout the Talmud and Midrash the sages used animals to describe characteristics.(Avos 5:23) Yehudah ben Tema said” Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer, and strong as a lion to carry out the will of your Father in Heaven.” The anthropologicalization of animals is far more than shades of Aesops Fables. It was intended that we study God’s world and extract the individual qualities of the Creator. It is true that a leopard is bold, the eagle light, the deer swift, and the lion strong; however, They were showing us that God created living examples of qualities that He wishes us to find in ourselves and develop in service to Him.
What is so special about the leopard, the eagle, the deer and the lion that these animals are chosen to learn from ? What should we learn from their animal natures? What can they teach us about following the path of God?
First, Yehudah ben Tema encourages us to be bold like the leopard. The Tiferet Israel teaches that a leopard boldly undertakes tasks that seem to difficult for it. So to a person should be bold, fearless, and ambitious as a leopard in their spiritual work beyond their perceived capabilities. Look to God for the strength to overcome any obstacles.
Next, Yehudah ben Tema advises us to be light like the eagle (nesher). The nesher is one of the most famous birds in the Torah, the king of birds, the eagle a noble bird and symbol of royalty.
As the nesher rides the winds, going higher and, so to Torah students should go over their studies tirelessly. Meditating on the text again and again, circling over the material. So that one may view the subject from a perspective above other. A eagle dives down fast, so a man should swoop down speedily to be humble. A eagle can fly sharply to avoid obstacles, so should a person avoid evil.
Yehudah ben Tema then teaches that we be quick like the deer. This is the only kosher animal of the four in the mishnah, and the only non-predator. Like the deer, we should train ourselves to bolt — whether away from false thoughts or iniquity, looking over our shoulders for the hunter in pursuit. We should train ourselves to run toward the opportunity to do a commandment and helping another people.
Just as the Jews left Egypt in haste, and the deer is instinctively swift, so we should respond to spiritual awakenings by “running” with the moment of inspiration.
As it is written :
“the chyot (angels) ran and returned” (Ezekial)
Finally, Yehudah ben Tema urges us to be strong like the lion. Where the boldness of the leopard implies strength not caused by an outside threat But here, strength refers to strength over something. It could be strength over an external enemy or over ones own evil inclination.
As the lion plans before it charges a prey, so should a person commit all creative, intellectual, emotional, and physical energies to their divine service. A unique quality of the lion among big cats is its ability to control its aggressive nature and live within a group.
Taken together, the four creatures teach us to strengthen our service to God with every part of our being: mind (bold as leopard), eyes (light as eagle), feet (fast as deer) and emotions (strong like a lion). The four animals also represent ways of overcoming challenges to performing the commandments: to overcome embarrassment, be bold in your commitment and submission to God’s will. To overcome the love of wealth and seeking of honor elevate oneself like the eagle through Divine intellect. To overcome laziness run like the deer. To overcome oppression and anti-Semitism be strong as a lion.
Know, these wild animal’s qualities have both constructive and destructive aspects. Boldness misused becomes arrogance; lightness becomes superficiality; swiftness becomes impulsiveness; and strength becomes abuse. Yehudah ben Teima, therefore, comes to teach us to harness these energies for holiness, for good. Will we be bold, light, swift and strong to destroy creation — or to sustain it? As we discover within ourselves these wild and wonderful qualities — of the leopard, the Eagle, the Deer and the Lion — may we use the energy to do the will of God in Heaven
Also know the sages say :
The ant is diligent, the cat is clean, the dog is devoted, and the ape is devoted to its offspring. They are qualities that God coded into the nature and instincts of those animals so that we could study them and better understand how to develop and integrate them in ourselves and in our service to God.
Adam understood the uniqueness of each animal and named them accordingly. However, he also realized that each of those characteristics were already inherent within himself. In the entire animal kingdom he could not find a mate that complimented the composite nature of his own abilities. He was able to find them individually in measures worthy of study, respect, and emulation. However, there was no other free willed creature in God’s world that contained all the characteristics that he had.
Adam realized his own uniqueness in the complexity, and wholeness of his divine character. Like Elokim, he too represented a harmony of qualities all centering upon the Divine service. Adam recognized that his potential completeness and harmony that could unite everything.
God created different creations. Each of these different creations had its own purpose in being created. It is the universal responsibility of all creations to protect each others divinely ordained right to accomplish their individualized missions. If a creation hinders or interferes with another creation’s purpose for being created, the interfering creation is opposing the established order of the Creator and His purpose in creating that specific creation.
The Creator provides all the necessary qualities for each different creation to exist and attain its reason for being created. All the Individual characteristics are qualities needed for accomplishing the Creator’s purpose for the different creations. The need to protect their individual rights and qualities is as evident in the proper functioning of the complex ecosystem of our world as it is in the proper functioning of any human society. We must therefore conserve the natural resources of our world and cherish the right of all people to have what is theirs and be who they are.
This mandate of “Intentionally Created Speciation” is a universal truth as stated throughout Genesis. It began with the six days during which God created all things as separate and different, and concluded with the creation of man, woman, and Shabbot as the most different and the most glorious of all creation. It is our responsibility to embrace the reality of “Speciation” and acknowledge through our actions the Creator and His purpose for creation. The Arizal (Sha’ar HaGilgulim 24b) writes that even the numerical value of a name can indicate the individual’s character and destiny.
Goliath birdeaters are ridiculously huge for a SPIDER.
Their leg span approaches 30 cm (nearly a foot) and they weigh up to 170 g — about as much as a young puppy.
OCTOBER 23RD 2014 updated
HAS A CLUE
A “half-human creature” has been
born to a sheep in Nigeria.
A “apeman” found in the jungles of Brazil
His giant lips and furrowed brow and awkward monkey-like gait appear to be simian, the Dutch magazine Het Leven, published this picture in 1937
Brave guy Hugs
They call him the
Trapdoor spiders (superfamily Ctenizoidea, family Ctenizidae) are medium-sized mygalomorph spiders that construct burrows with a cork-like trapdoor made of soil, vegetation and silk. Some similar species are also called trapdoor spiders, such as the Liphistiidae, Barychelidae, Cyrtaucheniidae and some Idiopidae and Nemesiidae. Some Conothele species do not build a burrow, but construct a silken tube with trapdoor in bark crevices.
A hungry individual will wait halfway outside of its burrow for a meal. Male trapdoor spiders can overcome the female’s aggressive reactions to their approach, but it is not known how. Females never travel far from their burrows, especially if they have an egg sac. During this time, the female will capture food and regurgitate it to feed her spiderlings. Enemies of the trapdoor spider include certain pompilids (spider wasps), which seek out the burrows and manage to gain entrance. They sting the owner and lay their eggs (usually one per spider) on its body. When the egg hatches, the larva devours the spider alive.
Unlike other mygalomorph spiders, the Ctenizidae have a rastellum on the chelicera. Resembling “teeth” or “barbs” on each fang, this modification is used to dig and gather soil while constructing a burrow. They use their pedipalps and first legs to hold the trapdoor closed when disturbed.
There are about 120 described species of trapdoor spiders.
Golden orb weaver spider eating a bird
This guy is the blue-ringed octopus. It likes to hang out in tidal pools in Australia, and has some of the scariest venom present on Earth. It’s capable of camouflage, like most other octopi, chilling out in disguise and waiting for passing shrimp to eat. It’s generally a pretty docile creature, only stinging humans when they, say, don’t see it because it’s bloody camouflaged and step on it. It’s beak is strong enough to pierce a wetsuit, and it has the most potent venom of any of its kind. It doesn’t just kill you – that would be too merciful. First it blinds you, kills your ability to speak and swallow, renders you numb, and then paralyzes you utterly, sending you into respiratory arrest. Note that nowhere in this list of symptoms is unconsciousness. You’re left perfectly awake and aware, trapped in the frozen, senseless prison of your body, unable to scream, move or breathe. There is no known antidote; the only way to survive a blue-ring sting is through artificial respiration. The venom dissipates in 24 hours, and if you receive breathing assistance all through this period, you’ll be able to walk away with no lingering damage. Except for the nightmares that will now define your newly sleepless nights.
It is basically a normal octopus, except it does lots of things other octopuses don’t do, like living close to the surface in the open sea. Or like secreting a paper-thin eggshell that is not in any way a cepahopod shell like the Nautilus‘, since the females can leave and reenter the shell, which is not attached to the body(the males don’t secrete these shells, they prefer to watch sports and drink beer, that’s why they rarely grow larger than 2cm, as opposed to the 10cm body, 30cm shell sized females). They hold it with two of their arms instead.
is not a plant.
its a type of starfish that looks like a walking thornbush.
It’s a fish with a transparent head. It’s eyes are those green things pointing straight up underneath it’s clear head, so stuff doesn’t get in them.
Neat new ‘psychedelic’ fish, courtesy of National Geographic.
Fossils of Hallucigenia leave no obvious indication of its head end, and it seems to have pairs of long spines on one side but just a single row of softer limbs on the other. Early fossils also had a large, featureless knob at one end of the body. This led its discoverer to reconstruct it like this.
And if we’re going to talk prehistoric organisms, there’s no age like the Cambrian age! Before the dinosaurs, before the giant amphibians, before any vertebrates or terrestrial animals at all, the world was home only to sea-dwelling invertebrates, many of which have no modern equivalent. For millions of years, Anomalocaris may have been the largest predator in the world at roughly one meter in length. The T-rex of “bugs.”
Enypniastes eximia, the Swimming Sea Cucumber.
This strange fish was caught in Asia, THERE IS SOME STRANGE STUFF DOWN THERE
“Wolf trap” anglerfish are probably my favorite group of fish, and in my opinion, the very strangest looking. They have huge, protruding upper jaws that close lengthwise, like the leaves of a venus fly trap or the covers of a book. once the prey is encaged in this manner, it opens the smaller lower jaw to suck it inside.
That is the Black Dragonfish. It’s a voracious deep-sea hunter.
Pinchy the land-loving lobster. These things are very weird. They bust open coconuts with their big claws. Yes, they get enormous, and they live on land, all the time. I saw one in a pet shop in San Diego about 10 years ago. It was about a foot long. There was a large sign that exclaimed, “DANGEROUS! DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FINGERS IN CAGE!” Yeah, no shit. A friend told me that these are eaten in the Philippines, since the Coconut Crab’s diet of coconuts makes their crabmeat extra sweet. Yum!
saddlebag catterpillar moth, Why’s it called that anyway?
Pompeii Worms live in black smokers. No, not the human variety, but instead, the type of hydrothermal vent that spews out superheated volcano water at extreme temperatures that may reach 400C.
“the worms have been found to thrive at temperatures of up to 80°C (176°F), making the Pompeii worm the most heat-tolerant complex animal known to science after the tardigrades (or water bears), which are able to survive temperatures over 150ºC.”
Meet Barry, the four-feet long giant sea worm recently found to be residing at the bottom of an aquarium tank in Cornwall. His bristles are capable of inflicting permanent numbness
The Goliath Spider
The largest known spider in the world (note the disturbing italics), the Goliath spider is commonly found in the jungles of South America, and have a 30 centimeter legspan. They can move with disturbing speed, and will fucking hiss at you when pissed. These spiders can defend themselves by biting, or by kicking sharp hairs towards their perceived assailant. These hairs can be severely irritating to the skin and lungs, and have been reported to feel like shards of fiberglass. Their bite is not generally considered dangerous, but I defy you to look down and see one of these things attached to your leg by the fangs, staring up at you with eight black, soulless eyes and ever sleep again.
A fucking mondo spider named for delicious yellow fruit.
These things are EVERYWHERE in Florida. And for persons such as myself who are abso-fucking-lutely terrified of spiders, banana spiders Are scary. Any arachnophobias who so much as steps into a wooded area of Florida is %132456 to walk right into one of these rainbow demons. And when you suddenly become entangled in the strongest fiber on Earth and have a murderous spiky spider the size of your head running on your face making it worse, you will shit fear.
A fucking mondo spider named for delicious yellow fruit.
These things are EVERYWHERE in Florida. And for persons such as myself who are abso-fucking-lutely terrified of spiders, banana spiders Are scary. Any arachnophobias who so much as steps into a wooded area of Florida is %132456 to walk right into one of these rainbow demons. And when you suddenly become entangled in the strongest fiber on Earth and have a murderous spiky spider the size of your head running on your face making it worse, you will fear.
A few more
“Grideyes” are abyssal fish with flat, bioluminescent plates instead of eyes, sensitive to light and dark. Nothing is known of their lifestyle.
DEEP WATER ANGLER FISH
THE GOD MAKES SOME AMAZING CREATURES
BLACK BLOCKED PORCUPINE FISH