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  • European rabbis: Shechitah could come under legislative attack in EU

    August 7, 2012 | 10:37 am

    A prominent European rabbinical group has warned that kosher slaughter could come under further attack this year in European Union countries.

    “Many European Jewish communities are not aware that shechitah could be put in danger,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the...

  • Boys and their animal instincts

    By Julia Bendis

    September 5, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    What is it about children that makes them want to jump all over people, me in particular?  I am sitting on the couch, minding my own business when out of nowhere my six-year-old son decides to pounce on me.  Not only pounce like a cheetah, or a lion or pick your own animal but start...

  • Calif. synagogue holding animal blessing

    January 4, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    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...

  • The Omnivore’s Curse [Recipe & Photos Included]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2010 | 6:16 pm

    So I’ve read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s Omnivore Dilemma and In Defense of Food.  I read four new books about back-the-land intellectuals: Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Brad Kessler’s Goat Song, and Margaret Hathaway’s The...

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  • But Is It Kosher?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In September 2003, Whole Foods quietly removed one brand of kosher chicken from its shelves and replaced it with a different brand.

    The switch received little notice -- outside of a Jewish Journal article -- but it caught my eye. A representative for Whole Foods claimed the previous...

  • Video Takes Bite Out of Kosher Slaughter

    By Gabriel Sanders

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    November Madness

    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. But what is the etymology of the word "November?"

    Here's a hint: The Roman calendar began in March (similar to the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nuturing Nature

    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."

    In this week's parshah, Ki Tetze, the Torah continues its compassionate attitude toward nature's creatures: Do not pull a...

  • News That’s Fit to Paw Print

    By Melissa Maroff

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1999, Lori Golden left a 25-year career in freelance television production when she found industry changes and "ageism" working against her. Struggling to make ends meet, Golden taught herself desktop publishing and, soon after, The Pet Press was born.

    The paper's primary goals...

  • Wild Lessons

    By Abby Gilad

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The Talmud sages say that there is something we can learn from every animal.

    We can learn to be industrious and honest from an ant. Ants are hardworking and they don't...

  • What is Your Name?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    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.

    The midrash goes farther: When all the animals had been named, God asked man, "What is your name?"...

  • Briefs:  KFC protest; tradition, tradition, tradition

    January 10, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi's Daughter Protests KFC for Bat Mitzvah Project

    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.

    Inspired by a video at kentuckyfriedcruelty.com, a site...

  • Operation: GobbleCrying ‘fowl’ on Thanksgiving by feeding, not eating, a turkey.

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Judaism commands us to be kind to animals.

    Thus I don't eat them and I don't keep them as pets. But this Thanksgiving, I've gone a step further. I've rescued one.

    "Oh great, you adopted some foul fowl," my husband, Larry, says.

    "Not any old fowl," I answer, "but Pumpkin, a 40-pound...

  • Service for the Dogs and Cats

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    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.

    On the occasion of Parshat Noach - the yearly Torah reading of the Noah's Ark...

  • Let’s Hear It for the Ram

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    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.

    "Hey Marlene, have you heard the shofar yet?" the young rabbi inquired. Of course I had, but it was wonderful to be asked. The sight...

  • Jerusalem’s Catwoman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Gotham City had its Catwoman. Now Jerusalem has one of its own. Only this one isn't causing chaos for our Caped Crusaders. Quite the contrary.

    Recently, American-raised Tova Saul, who made aliyah 17 years ago, has become something of a folk hero in the streets of the Old City,...

  • Up Front

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Illustration by Shelley Adler

    Cat-Aid

    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.

    According to the people behind...

  • Reviving a Shul, One Goat at a Time

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's Shofar Factory...

    It's a Blast

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

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    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....

  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…It’s a Blast

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    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...

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