Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Missed Opportunity

Here's a snippet of a conversation that Rav Yaakov Chizkiah Greenwald of Pupa had with Rav Aaron Teitelbaum of Satmar, as it's recorded here

trans.: The Pupa Rebbe: I remember my father OBM was once in Florida, he met there a Jew who presented himself as a professor of botany. So my father asked him do you know anything about birds that grow on trees? so he stood still and answered no. So my father told him that in Shulhan Arukh such a creature is discussed.
Our Rebbe [Rav Teitelbaum]: Yes, in Yoreh De'ah (83:15).
And then the conversation turned to something else.


  1. A bird of paradise tree has a flower that looks like a bird.

  2. What do professors of butanik know about birds? Ach.

  3. Tree geese used to be a big thing. Barnacle geese. There is a whole piece in Sefer Habris about them and how they grow in Scotland.

  4. Is it just me or is רבינו's answer a little - limp? Like, the brackets make it seem a little fatter than it actually was?

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