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1)

What exactly are the "Kera'ayim"?

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Rashi: They are two jumping legs (in addition to its four regular ones), which it uses to spring from one location to another. 1


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Rashi, from Chulin 59a, 65b: To be Tahor, it must also have four wings, and they must cover the majority of its body, and it must be called Chagav. This is with or without a Gabachas (a bald head; some say, a hump), a tail, and a long head. However, we are not expert about what is called Chagav.

2)

Why is the word "Lo" written with an 'Alef' but read with a 'Vav'?

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Moshav Zekenim (from Chulin, 65a): To teach us that if its jumping legs have not yet grown it is Tahor, provided they are destined to grow later. 1


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Such as the species called 'Zachal' (Torah Temimah, citing Chulin).

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