[Editor’s Note: Some may find this entry controversial, or even distressing. I am not trying to decide this matter or indicate what to think or feel. Instead, I am presenting a thoughtful, well-written, and clear article about the matter penned by one who is involved on a regular...
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On Oct. 2, Alex Hershaft, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), sat on the ground with some 100 other protesters in front of the Farmer John pig slaughterhouse in Vernon, Calif., blocking the entrance from two bi-level trucks carrying...
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November 17, 2011 | 2:03 pm
A frog species thought to be extinct in northern Israel reportedly has been seen for the first time in 50 years.
The Hula Painted Frog was rediscovered Tuesday. The frog was believed to have gone extinct following the draining of the Hula Valley in the 1950s in an effort to stop...
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It was last Tuesday and I was in a hurry. First mistake. I had promised to replace an exterior light bulb above the entrance to my friend, Vivian’s house. It gets pretty dark at night in that general area, not only because of that bulb, but also because the one on the porch...
April 4, 2011 | 2:30 pm
My son and I were spending last Sunday together, just the two of us. We ran some errands, bought him things for school, and went to lunch. As we were driving past a Petsmart store, we saw a sign for an organization that adopts out dogs. Knowing my son, I tried to avert the car so...
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Being at a car dealership this weekend, to finally get the recalled part on my car fixed, reminded me how much I truly enjoy car dealerships. Not only do I NOT mind haggling with the salesmen on a price, I look forward to it. After all, I am my father’s daughter. That same father...
December 22, 2010 | 3:14 pm
Persian fallow deer now graze peacefully in their enclosures at the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve as ranger/caretaker Yakoub Makladeh feeds them nutritional pellets from a metal bucket.
Earlier this month, the lives of these rare animals were in jeopardy for four days as flames from...
January 16, 2009 | 1:29 pm
In other news, you know media outlets are struggling when they start running senseless animal stories; on the other hand, it does work (another excuse to embed a “South Park” clip, after the jump). Actually, I’m posting this because Ted Olsen shared it with me, and he’s a big wheel at the Christian cracker factory.
August 27, 2008 | 12:45 am
PETA anti-kapporot video
NEW YORK (JTA) -- For the second year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has complained about the High Holy Days ritual of swinging a chicken over one's head, a sin-transference ceremony.
In a letter sent Monday to the New York agriculture...
March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pmWhat blew me away about the synagogue wasn't the painting on the wall of the old Moroccan rebbe Meier Baal Ness, which I had never seen anywhere else -- not even in Sephardic synagogues -- and which brought back memories of going on pilgrimages with my family as a child in Morocco....
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October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pmAnimal Crackers
This week's Torah Portion is Noach. We learn that Noah had to build a massive ark (aka a really BIG boat) because the floods were coming. Two of every animal (one male, one female) had to make it onto the boat, otherwise there would be no more of that animal in the...
October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pmInner child therapy is a psychological method aimed at giving voice to part of the adult psyche that remains eternally childlike. It purports that a vulnerable innocence exists within our subconscious; when acknowledged, a more complete and mature life experience is attained.
For example, were my inner child invited to describe Parshat Noach, she might say:
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To: My vegetarian husband
From: His guilt-ridden wife, who keeps falling off the vegetable cart
We are both rabbis. We've studied the same texts. We've turned the same verses over and over, examining them like gems under a magnifying glass, full of refractions of color and light. We...
June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued an apology for its Holocaust on Your Plate campaign and exhibit, which showed concentration camp images next to photos of animal abuse on factory farms. The comparison was extraordinarily tasteless, and widely...
April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Good Deed Indeed
Earth Day is about healing all creatures on the Earth. Here is a chance for you to do a good deed by entering The Good Deed Contest.
Here's what you will do:
1. Do a good deed (an amazing one!)
2. Write an essay, telling what you did, what motivated you and what...
March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The Ugly Bug Ball
In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. A young friend of mine asked: Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The sages of the Talmud ask the same question. They said there is something we can learn from every animal – kosher or...
March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has again attacked the AgriProcessors Inc. plant in Postville, Iowa, over what it deems the cruel and inhumane method of ritual slaughter of cattle.
The issue garnered much media attention in late...
December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Many people expressed concern about the standards for humane treatment of animals at a kosher slaughterhouse after viewing a well-publicized video of kosher slaughter at the AgriProcessors plant in Iowa, which was released by the animal rights organization PETA.