A feast of unbiblical exotic curiosities

Makluba is one of the top items on the Eucalyptus menu, with chicken, rice and vegetables served with a ceremony led by the chef at the restaurant.

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October 11, 2017 14:39
Eucalyptus chef Moshe Basson looks fondly at the Asian water buffalo he cooked for the feast.

Eucalyptus chef Moshe Basson looks fondly at the Asian water buffalo he cooked for the feast.. (photo credit: MORDECHAI GORDON)

 What do Asian water buffalo, kingklip fish, guinea fowl, pheasant and Muscovy duck have in common? None are mentioned in the Bible, all have been the subject of controversies regarding their kosher status, and they each were served to a roomful of mostly Orthodox Jews last week at the Biblical Museum of Natural History’s 16-course “Feast of Exotic Curiosities.”

The museum in Beit Shemesh is a unique institution that is part zoo, part natural history museum and part Torah education center. It showcases the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects of scripture and related zoological topics from the Talmud.


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