A prominent European rabbinical group has warned that kosher slaughter could come under further attack this year in European Union countries.
A Southern California synagogue is having its third annual “blessing of the animals.” Congregation Dor Hadash in San Diego holds the event in honor of Tu b’Shevat, the 15th day of Nissan, which this year falls on Jan. 20. Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to the Reconstructionist shul by noon Sunday, Jan. 9, where they will be blessed by Rabbi Yael Ridburg. Furred, winged and swimming creatures are all welcome -- from cats to turtles.
It surprised me that a company well-known for its concern for animal well-being and food safety would deem anything kosher treif, or unfit. Long before Whole Foods was even a glimmer in the eye of the Prius-tocracy, hadn't we Jews been telling ourselves and others that we were practicing humane slaughter and thoughtful animal husbandry -- embodied in the very laws of kashrut? What did Whole Foods know that I didn't?
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the best-selling novel, "Everything Is Illuminated" (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and last year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Houghton Mifflin) released a video earlier this month in which he argues that the slaughtering practices employed by modern factory farms are out of step with the spirit of the kosher laws. The film ultimately calls upon viewers to consider vegetarianism.
In Old English, the month of November was called "blood month." It was a month of animal sacrifices that took place to prepare for the long winter.
Last week, we learned not to cut down the fruit trees of our enemies in times of war because, as the Torah says, the trees are "not our enemy."
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God created the animals and brought them, one by one, before man to see what he would name them. Man examined the essence of each creature and assigned its name. So teaches Genesis.
Avital van Leeuwen, 12, took a stand against animal cruelty for her bat mitzvah project by protesting in front of a Van Nuys Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Judaism commands us to be kind to animals.
The rabbi wore a pooch-print tie.
The rebbetzin sported a pussycat brooch and a doggy bone pin "to give equal time" to man's best friends. The congregants arrived two by two, with canines and felines in tow.
Sunset on Sunday. As Rosh Hashanah was ending, the local Chabad rabbi and a friend were walking down the hillside outside my home carrying rams' horns.
Gotham City had its Catwoman. Now Jerusalem has one of its own.
Yes, Israel has bigger problems than its cats anddogs. But, as the cliché goes -- we think it was original whenGeorge Bernard Shaw said it -- the truest measure of a society'sadvancement is how it treats its animals.
Note to future rabbis: If you want to make a lasting firstimpression with your congregants, nothing beats farm animals on thebimah. Just ask anyone at Temple Adat Shalom in West LosAngeles. It's been almost four months since Michael Resnick took overthere, and they're still talking about his goats.
Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate in hands-on workshops.
Quick, what's a kosher animal with horns that can be used to makea shofar?
Uh, well, everyone knows the answer to that. A ram, right?
OK. Right. But name another kosher animal with horns good formaking a shofar.
Bzzzzzz! Your time is up.
But the several thousand Los Angeles-area day- and Hebrew-schoolchildren participating in Chabad's Traveling Shofar Factory know theanswer: The long, spiraling horns of the male kudu, a type of Africanantelope, are often used to make the shofarim employed in Sephardicsynagogues.