“Caesar, the Jewish people are rebelling against you. Be prepared for battle. They are staging an attack. Do this before it’s too late!” Bar Kamtza lies. “And how do we know this is true?” asks Caesar. “I’ll tell you what. Why don’t you give a cow to the Temple as a sacrifice. If they reject it, you know they are rebelling against you, and if they don’t we know it’s just a rumour,” says Bar Kamtza. And it was so. The Romans gave Bar Kamtza their best cow to give to the temple as a sacrifice.
As Bar Kamtza and the cow walk closer and closer to the Beit Hamikdash, Bar Kamtza sneakily pulls out his pocket knife and slits the cow’s nose. Now it was impossible for the Temple to sacrifice the cow!