Hare. Hares were plentiful in Palestine, but they are mentioned in the Bible only as forbidden food (Lev. 11:6); (rabbit, NIV, NASB). They look like large rabbits with longer ears and legs. The common jackrabbit is actually a hare. Unlike rabbits, hares are born furry and able to see. Hares were mistakenly thought to chew the cud, but they were considered unclean because they did not have divided hoofs (Lev. 11:6; Deut. 14:7). Perhaps they were forbidden because they are rodents, but the Hebrews’ Arab neighbors did not hesitate to hunt them for food.