‘Biblical sheep’ heading to Israel
Rare breed of sheep said to be descended from Jacob’s flock to be shepherded to Israel with the help of a Canadian Jewish couple and El Al.
TORONTO (JTA) – A rare breed of sheep said to be descended from Jacob’s flock referenced in the Bible will be shepherded to Israel with the help of a Canadian Jewish couple and Israel’s national airline.
El Al announced recently that it will “heavily subsidize” the costs of shipping the so-called biblical sheep “from a major North American airport.”
The announcement came several months after the Agriculture Ministry in Israel approved the importing of the flock, which is subject to quarantine in Canada and Israel.
The flight is expected to take place in late August or early September.
The project is the brainchild of Gil and Jenna Lewinsky of British Columbia, owners of the Jacob sheep, which are said to be descended from the patriarch’s flock noted in the Book of Genesis. The sheep are said to be unique for their horns, numbering two to six.
They are the only animals in the world to have the biblical description of speckled skin, spots on their wool, and bands on their ankles and knees, the Lewinskys said in a crowdfunding campaign they launched for their organization, Friends of the Jacob Sheep.
As of Monday, the couple has raised $470 to help offset costs.
The Lewinskys believe the sheep must “return” to Israel to fulfill biblical prophecy. They cite Rav Amram Vaknin, a mystic rabbi living in southern Israel who says he has visions
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