What if Rav Kook actually had the wings of an eagle, hidden under his clothes, but late at night he would occasionally unfurl them, flying low over the streets of Jerusalem, humming softly to himself a tune from the old country?

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What if Rebbi Nachman would turn into a butterfly at dawn's first light, and he would float through his beloved forests and fields until the sun fully rises, dreaming of floating higher and higher and higher?
Or perhaps Rebbi Nachman became a fish, and at times of great darkness he would sink down to a slow moving river, lingering in the great unknown of its flow?

(H/t Y. M. P. Schneider)
What if the Gra was actually an ancient owl in human form, a sentient creature that still perches on the trees of an old growth forest, amending and editing his way towards the distant future?
What if the Soleveitchik family actually were all nightingales? Was their creativity the result of centuries of warbling over Diaspora skies? Did the late Rav Soleveitchik continue his lonely flights above Boston and New York, inspiring his great ode to loneliness?
What if Nechama Leibowitz was actually the ancient tortoise, floating in the void, upon whose back the world rested, and after Jerusalem went to sleep, she would close her eyes and resume writing her worksheets as the world drifts on her back?
Was Bruriah a lioness, hunting game and guarding plains with watchful eyes, pausing only to laugh at the bumbling piety of her husband's students?

(h/t R. Dr. Efram Wagner)
And what of us? What animals are we, what ancient instincts bubble from within our inner sages?
h/t @kugel_tree, researcher-consultant, as well

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