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  • Boas and turtles and opossoms — OH MY!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Leslie Gordon has worn a sling holding a baby opossum round the clock, imitating how the marsupial’s mama would have carried the critter around in her pouch. She’s driven throughout the night to Arizona and back to transport a red harvester ant colony to Los Angeles, as the...

  • Emergency transport for pets in Israel

    February 27, 2013 | 8:28 am

    When Gaza rockets were raining down on southern and parts of central Israel in November, the staff at Terminal4Pets — located outside of firing range in Maccabim-Reut — told its clients that it would work out the logistics of boarding or evacuating their pets if they suddenly had...

  • Birds of a feather flock together

    November 29, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Every winter, hundreds of millions of tourists (some of them no larger than a finger) defy travel warnings to visit the Holy Land. They don’t spend much money in Israel, and some stay for only a few hours. They visit the country’s “pubs” before flying off again.

    They also don’t...

  • Comparing animal rights and the Holocaust

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 11, 2012 | 11:46 am

    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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  • Paws of Love: Fur healing’s sake

    August 29, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Ari Gould, 6, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. In addition to the physical pain he has endured, the disease and the stressful medical procedures that followed have also left him socially isolated.

    The steroid treatments he receives once a month...

  • At the New Year, let’s give animals a new Jewish chance

    August 14, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Shortly after I became a vegan, around 20 years ago, I ordered my first “vegan option” at a Jewish organizational dinner.

    It arrived: a plateful of raw celery and carrot sticks arranged around a cup of something ranch dressing-ish that probably wasn’t even vegan.

    Since then,...

  • How kosher is your milk?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 20, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    On our wedding day last year, my wife and I decided that, due to our Jewish convictions, we would no longer drink milk or consume any dairy products. This is a vow we have remained deeply committed to, but we never expected it to become mainstream. Then we found out that one of the...

  • How vegans do Passover

    April 11, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Holidays like Passover are a difficult time for Jewish vegans and animal activists, a time of mixed emotions. As much as we love and find relevance in the meaning of the holiday, it’s difficult to be confronted by a table full of the body parts of animals that we love and fight for...

  • What kind of Veterinarian are you?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 26, 2012 | 7:10 am

    It poured rain in Los Angeles for most of Sunday.  It is now Monday and it is still raining.  This city does not do well in the rain.  Those of us who came here from places with actual weather are easily separated from the natives because for the most part, we are the ones who know...

  • ‘Extinct’ frog rediscovered in Israel

    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...

  • High-tech poop, gender-separate beach

    October 3, 2011 | 5:17 pm

    Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed.

    ID’ing dog poop goes high tech

    Petach Tikvah dog owners better watch where their dogs leave their poop—it may be used as evidence against them.

    A new law proposed by the City Council would allow city dog...

  • Handy Hazzan Almost Humpty Dumpty Hazzan – From A Ladder, Not a Wall

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    June 23, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    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...

  • Pet Rescue or a Scam?

    By Julia Bendis

    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...

  • Decals on my car - don’t want any!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 10, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Does having a decal of children, dogs and your entire family on your car make you a better Mom?  And more importantly, does NOT having one make me a bad Mom?

    I was pondering that question as I sat in traffic on the 405 freeway the other day.  As usual, I was stuck behind a Minivan...

  • The Joys of Car Dealerships!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    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...

  • How the Hai-Bar animals were rescued from fire

    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...

  • Hamas and an adorable puppy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 16, 2009 | 1:29 pm

    From Hamas to cute, sleepy puppies. That reminds me, keep this dog, who can’t seem to figure out to just lay on the floor, away from Hamas. They’ll just use him as an adorable shield.

    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.

  • PETA slams N.Y. kapparot ritual [VIDEO]

    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...

  • Purim with the cows

    By David Suissa

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What 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....
  • Briefs: Kosher grasshoppers and eco-Torah

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kosher Animal Kingdom

    Is giraffe kosher? What about peacock? Or bison? (What is bison anyway?) Find answers to these mysteries of the edible animal kingdom next week at the Orthodox Union's (OU) "Halachic Adventure" in Los Angeles, which will present the traditional perspective on...
  • Noah is full of animal crackers

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Animal 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...

  • A grown-up children’s story

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Inner 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:
     

  • I Love You, Carnivore

    By Rabbi Jonathan Klein

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This column is in response to last week's Torah Portion by Rabbi Zoë Klein, who confessed her secret enjoyment of meat, despite her family's predominantly vegetarian diet.

    To: My Not-So-Flesh-Eating Wife

    From: Her Closeted Carnivorous/Publicly Vegetarian Husband

    Worry not, my dear,...

  • A Letter

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • A Holocaust-Inspired Vegetarian

    By Noam Mohr

    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...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    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...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    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...

  • PETA Renews Fight on Ritual Slaughter

    By Kelly Hartog

    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...

  • Kosher Slaughtering Proves Humane

    By Rabbi Menachem Genack

    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.

    Any...

  • Letters to the Editor

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Garbage Mouth

    I was surprised, astonished and shocked to read William Donohue's comments as reported in your editor's column last week ("Garbage Mouth," Dec. 17). In fact, I was unaware of Donohue's comments until I read them in The Jewish Journal. I unequivocally reject Donohue's...

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