Porcupine in Rothschild Miscellany

R' Natan Slifkin, in this recent blog post, presents the above-embedded picture of a porcupine from the Rothschild Miscellany (Italy, 15th Century CE), which adorns a yotzer (seasonal additional prayer-poem) that's said when a berit milah is performed on Shabbat. He is wondering what the intention of the illustrator was: What does a porcupine have to do with a berit milah?

  • Hatafat Dam Berit? – Double AA Jun 9 '14 at 14:36
  • @DoubleAA, maybe. But that, in particular, wouldn't be done on Shabbat, would it? – Isaac Moses Jun 9 '14 at 14:38
  • What does a bird have to do with milah? – sam Jun 9 '14 at 15:00
  • @sam, Perhaps worthy of a separate question, especially if you can first identify the pictured bird. The porcupine appears to be the primary subject of the illustration, though. – Isaac Moses Jun 9 '14 at 15:02
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    In Hebrew a porcupine is a דרבנתי which interestingly has the letters of Bris in it. – Gershon Gold Jun 9 '14 at 15:13

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