PHOTOS: Is a Local Businessman’s Cow a Parah Adumah?

p1PHOTOS: A local businessman believes one of his cows may be a Parah Adumah (Red Heifer).


Herb Celler, a local Jewish businessman and supporter of several local charities such as Chai Lifeline, SCHI, Bikur Cholim and others, eyed his young red cow as a potential Parah Adumah due to its consistent and pure red color, and decided to call some local Rabbis to check it out.

So this week, several Rabbonim went down to Mr. Celler’s farm to check out the unusual finding.

The Rabbonim were reportedly very impressed, and excited about the possibility of the cow being considered a Parah Adumah. Finding a Parah Adumah is said to be an indicator to the imminent coming of Moshiach, when the Parah Adumah would be used for a unique purification process.

Photos of the cow are being sent by the Rabbonim to professionals in Eretz Yisroel to determine the status of the cow.



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  1. “Finding a Parah Adumah is said to be an indicator to the imminent coming of Moshiach, when the Parah Adumah would be used for a unique purification process.” Source?

    Other than the above, what is the purpose?

  2. Not sure that I’m reading this right. So, if its a true פרה אדומה and does herald the coming of משיח its because Mr. Cellar gives to chai lifeline?

  3. he who states that cows does not have horns is only aware of the pictures he sees and never was on a farm. many farmers will cut the horns off from their cows for safety reasons.

    In some breeds both genders have horns, such as the Danish Red, White Park, and the famous Texas Longhorn. But in other breeds neither gender has horns like Angus, Polled Hereford, and Red Poll. Lots of times, the animals have had their horns removed. So. If you see a bovine with horns it means only that the animal can hurt you real bad when it’s mad!

  4. In response to Yid! From the approximately 7 parah adunah’s that had ever existed since the world was created they originally had much more than 2 black hairs, but it was a very tedious painstakingly process to find and pull out every black or other colored hair from the parah adunah ( they may have just cut down those hairs very short as pulling it out may have hurt the animal) at the time of shechita in the bais hamikdash the tolerance was up to only 1 black hair.

  5. I’d love to know more details about this story.
    A. Who were the the rabbinim involved?
    B. What exactly did they say?
    C. If indeed it is a Parah Adumah it should be quarenteened in a safe spot ?
    D. And what are the ramifications ?

  6. very easy to tell if it ever had to carry a load on its back. hashem made to signs. one sign is if there was ever anything on its back it would become crosseyed. the second sigm is the hairs on the back of the neck. there are 2 hairs that will never be able to stand straight no matter what they try to do they will always fall if work was done. this will be real intresting to see what happens. hopefully it is and we can purify the kohen godel.

  7. anon@ the cows you are refering to are not completly red. if one hair is not red it is not pure. there are many other things that have to be perfect.

  8. 1. 9 parah adumahs ever. 2. two black hairs next to each other. 3. it must be watched from birth that nothing/nobody/no animal goes on top of it

  9. See piece in the back of Sefer Chidushei Hagr”y vol II on why it is so difficult to ascertain what is a kasher Parah Adumah today. (The sefer can be found in the Yeshiv’a library and other large Libraries. Posssibly Otzar Hachochmah. Hebrewbooks has vol I, however not this vol II.)

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