aviva_m likes rabbits, so I thought I'd get the rabbit for her. Little did I know what the rabbit was letting itself in for... although perhaps I should have guessed. She'd already had a teddy bear who'd gone frum, and announced his name was now Dov Bear, so it shouldn't really have surprised me that the rabbit went frum too:
aviva_m was pleased with it, though:
Since Mr Rabbit had no ציצית yet, he had to share mine when davening:
Mr Rabbit claims to be spending all day whilst we're out studying Talmud, but I think really rabbits can't read, and he's just looking at the pictures. (There are (to a first approximation) no pictures in the Talmud.)
Mr Rabbit has also been exploring his Jewish heritage:
But he is secure in his Judaism and is not unafraid to learn about other religions too:
(Can you guess where we went on holiday?)
One question which remained unsettled for quite a while was Mr Rabbit's name. Eventually he encountered a hare named Barny, decided, "son of a prophet", was a good name for a Jewish rabbit, and adopted that as his name. [ETA: Wikipedia says that Barnabas actually derives from Aramaic בַּר־נַבְיָא rather than Hebrew בַּר־נָבִיא, but it's close enough, and they mean the same thing.]
It was appropriate that he took this name in Spain, because one of the many theories about where the name Hispania comes from is from Punic אִי שְׁפַנִיָא I Shfania, "Coast of Hyraxes" (the Phoenicians not having a word for rabbits, which they had not encountered in their homeland). This is based on the evidence of a coin of Galba, on which Hispania is represented with a rabbit at her feet, and on Strabo, who calls Hispania 'the land of rabbits'.
(So says the Net of a Thousand Lies, and I can't find a picture of such a coin of Galba anywhere, but here's one from the reign of Hadrian.)
בַּר־נָבִיא was not very impressed with the discrimination against lapines in this bookshop:
Finally, which is mightier, the rabbit or the lion?
Looks like it's the rabbit!