"Biblical Sheep" Returning to Israel - A Sign?
Rare Biblical Sheep May Return Home to Israel
An Israeli couple is trying to restore the breed of four-horned, speckled sheep herded by Jacob in the Bible.
Biblical sheep? Sounds pretty mythical, right? Wrong. An Israeli couple has been working on a project to resurrect a real breed of sheep thought to have been kept by Jacob, he of Book of Genesis fame.
The breed, now extremely rare, originated in Israel but have been gone for about two millennia. They are recognized by their "piebald" (black and white speckled) coloring, small stature, and the distinctive number of horns on their heads, which can range from two to six but most often number at four.
Jenna and Gil Lewinsky, the couple in question, have been fighting against the red tape of bureaucracy to import a flock of the Ovis aries, of which there are only about 5,000 worldwide. The Ministry of Agriculture in Israel initially forbade bringing them in from Canada, but with the Canadian embassy now involved it looks like the Lewinskys' enterprise may be gathering momentum.
Jenna opines, "It should be the national animal of the Jewish people. It would be a very important and historic moment when the sheep return after basically 2,000 years."
וַאֲנִי, אֲקַבֵּץ אֶת-שְׁאֵרִית צֹאנִי, מִכֹּל הָאֲרָצוֹת, אֲשֶׁר-הִדַּחְתִּי אֹתָם שָׁם; וַהֲשִׁבֹתִי אֶתְהֶן עַל-נְוֵהֶן, וּפָרוּ וְרָבוּAnd I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
The Yalkut Reuveni says that the sheep of Lavan were reincarnated for 974 generations as sheep until Yaakov Avinu took them to Egypt, at which time, they merited to reincarnate as a human form as the Jewish people, which is why they were fruitful and multiplied in Egypt.