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FYI: Rams and Sheep

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

At Rosh HaShanah, rams are very precious to the Jewish people, as most of our shofars are made from rams’ horns. But aside from shofars, rams and sheep in general are extremely useful — and interesting — animals …

Monday, September 26, 2011

sheepSheep were the first animals to be domesticated, thousands of years ago. They are
mentioned many times in the Torah — for example, when Yaakov took care of
Lavan’s sheep. The wool trade is one of man’s oldest organized industries, and
has affected the history of the world. In 1493 Columbus
took sheep to the Americas,
and by the seventeenth century, the American colonies were exporting wool. The
colonial power, England,
did not approve and made the wool trade illegal, punishable by cutting off a
person’s right hand. Those cruel restrictions were among the causes of the
American Revolutionary War.

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