Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages.
Jacob received a flock of a speckled and spotted sheep, the brown lambs, as well as spotted and speckled goats, as wages from Laban.
A breed of sheep believed to have been raised by the Biblical forefather Jacob are set to be sent to Israel from Canada in the coming months.
The effort to bring the rare “Jacob Sheep” to the Golan Heights from Canada had been inching along for nearly a year, Jenna and Gil Lewinsky told the Guardian, with the reintroduction of the breed stymied by red tape between the two countries.
Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, a Jewish couple who met in Israel and are now living near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, claim to have a flock of sheep that descend from the Biblical sheep of the Biblical forefather Jacob. The Lewinskys are attempting to return the sheep, and themselves, to the Land of Israel.
Gil, who cares for the nearly 70 sheep on a farm in Canada, explained the uniqueness of this particular flock. “They are the only sheep breed in the world to produce spots and speckles in offspring,” as described in Genesis 30:32, he explained to Breaking Israel News. Although there are other Jacob Sheep in Canada, the Lewinskys claim to have the largest flock.
According to Gil, Jacob Sheep, “are one of the oldest sheep breeds in the world, with genetics that go back 3,000 years to Laban and Jacob.” In addition to their rare spots and speckles, unlike most sheep breeds, both male and female Jacob Sheep have horns, often more than one pair.
The Lewinskys are currently raising funds to bring their flock of Jacob Sheep to the Golan Heights in northern Israel. They plan to open a Heritage Park as a tourist attraction in Israel to enable people to see the Biblical sheep for themselves. Lewinsky told Breaking Israel News that the planned Heritage Park will have another, loftier purpose. Read more at BreakingIsraelNews
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