The blessings that are said on elephants and parrots and more
“This is something which I have learned to very much appreciate about the Dati-Leumi approach to Torah in general, and that of Rav Melamed in particular. It’s very much about not just learning Torah, but living Torah; putting it into practice in the real world, just as originally intended.”
There is always the option of learning Torah AND living Torah, which is best exemplified by the Chareidy communities who take Halacha seriously. They take all sorts of halachos the DL community has decided is out of vogue, and put them into practice in the real world - just as originally intended.
I bet you saw two million bats.
Obviously a southeastern Asian bat cave where famously millions of bats come out at dusk to seek out insects and are themselves rated by snakes and raptors
We should recite a special Baruch meshaneh habriyot brucha when we marvel on at the sight of an ostrich, emu and other flightless birds. After all Hashem must have something extraordinary in mind when he created the evolutionary mechanisms to befuddle the minds of evolution deniers to ponder these puzzling creatures, along with male vestigial nipples.
Beautiful, inspiring article! This is the Natan I love!!
I guess wildebeests? Right time of year for their epic migration...
I did a science project on them in 6th grade:)
I would guess lemmings?
Sheep. You couldn't fall asleep.
Bats at twilight
Perhaps Rabbi Slifkin would be able to give his opinion about Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef's shiur a few years ago, where he said that the berachah of משנה הבריות on seeing a כושי doesn't refer to a person naturally born with dark skin, like someone with two African parents, but on a mutation, like albinism (which also merits the berachah משנה הבריות).
(The media distorted what Rabbi Yosef said, twisting it to mean that a black person is like a "monkey". I'm sure no one at the shiur understood him in that sense. It was clear that he was talking about something unusual.)
Question for Natan: If you could do any mitzvah without getting rewarded, what would it be?
For a great shiur on the topic -- and whether to say a beracha over Shaquille O'Neil, check out https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/938868/rabbi-aryeh-lebowitz/from-the-rabbi-s-desk-beracha-on-shaq/
Bats coming out at night from caves.