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  • A cat condo conversion

    By Jonathan Fong

    January 20, 2016 | 2:46 pm

    Last week I showcased a creative dog bed made from an Ikea side table. This week, it’s all about the cats.

    Cat condos are ugly. There, I said it. They are typically pieces of wood screwed together and covered in beige, pile carpeting. As an interior decorator who has had to...

  • Netanyahu family dog in quarantine after biting Likud lawmaker

    December 11, 2015 | 8:29 am

    Veterinary authorities quarantined the family dog of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after she bit a lawmaker at a Chanukah reception.

    The dog, Kaia, was placed in quarantine Thursday as per health ministry regulations after she bit Sharren Haskel, a Likud member of the...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • Bad Cat!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 19, 2015 | 5:10 am

    The cat pooped on the couch again, and my husband isn't talking to me. That is, he's only deigning to address me if absolutely necessary, ending each sentence with, "Get rid of the cat!" Does he really think endless repetition will change my mind?

    We've been over this subject ad...

  • A pawsitive impact: bar mitzvah project aims to help families in need

    May 15, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Alex Michaels will tell you that his dog, Frisco, is no ordinary household pet.

    As a trained therapy and service dog, the 2 1/2-year-old poodle is a primary comfort-giver and companion to Alex’s mom, Marlene Michaels, who is fighting stage 4 lung cancer. He stays by her side...

  • An ode to Uzi

    By Diana Emuna

    January 4, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    “Mummy, Uzi died!” began today’s conversation with my teenage daughter.  We were attending my nephew’s bar mitzvah when she called.  A virus kept her at home, and her job was to watch the dogs.  She couldn’t get Uzi to come to eat his breakfast, and he wouldn’t move.  After the...

  • Beheading My Pet Lamb and Chicken Kaparot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 1, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    I was eight years old when my father brought home our first pet.  Babai, an endearing name for a lamb in Iran, was cute, white, fluffy- all that a child wanted.

    My father emptied the pool and placed Babai in it to roam.  Each day, before and after school, I would walk down the...

  • Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

    Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in...

  • Blessings For Beloved Pets - Part II

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 5, 2013 | 10:13 am

    This past week I posted a blog on whether Jews should say the Mourner's Kaddish for a beloved pet. I have received many responses to that blog both in agreement with me that distinctions must be made between human beings and pets and that the Mourner's Kaddish is meant for mourners...

  • Should Jews Say Kaddish For A Pet?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 30, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    It is estimated that there are 70 million dogs in American homes today, in addition to millions of other animals Americans have taken into their hearts like members of their families. These pets are our companions and friends, and though they are not human beings, their...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Saving Golani

    November 21, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A puppy born in Israel and abandoned in the streets of Jerusalem has completed his unlikely journey to a new home and new life in Houston, Texas: the final stop on a trek that began beneath the wheels of a tour bus that was parked in front of the hotel where Texas State...

  • Free Love

    By Annie Korzen

    October 10, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    People pay big bucks to join dating services, but there are cheaper ways to make connections.  You might start with friends.  I was fixed up with Benni on a blind date.  We met in February and got married in April, because he had just arrived from Copenhagen and needed a green...

  • 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...

  • Rabbi Freehling’s pet project

    By Rachel Heller

    September 25, 2008 | 1:12 am

    Daylong synagogue attendance is rare among most Reform Jews. It's even rarer for their dogs.

    For almost 12 years, Lucy traveled each day to University Synagogue in Brentwood with her owner, Rabbi Allen I. Freehling, then the synagogue's senior rabbi. The golden retriever mix soon...

  • Dog has $10,000 Bark Mitzvah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 5, 2008 | 4:58 pm

    Sadly, some people cannot afford a $1,000 surgery to save their pet’s life. On the other side of the coin, a New York man threw a Schwartzmanesque party for his dog, Elvis. Believe it: David Best called the $10,000 soirée a “Bark Mitzvah.”

    Such a ceremony, though hardly a spiritual rite of passage, is not entirely unusual. (Read more here.) But spending that kind of green for a doggy’s big day, well, that’s just ridiculous.

    Thanks to the GeekHeeb for sending this report along.

  • Religion as a figment of human imagination?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 7, 2008 | 10:35 am

    Ever wondered why animals don’t practice religion? It’s a fair question, especially when considering the multitude of beliefs humans have held. The answer, according to economist Maurice Bloch is that animals didn’t evolve the proper mechanics to imagine a universal order.


  • Feline fuhrer

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 10:51 am

    What do you see in the above photo? What you should see is an ad by Germany’s Green Party attacking xenophobic right wingers. What does it say? “You can’t always recognize Nazis at first glance.”

    The poster has, not surprisingly, unleashed some sort of public debate, though over...

  • Raising your dog Jewish

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 6, 2007 | 11:14 am

    Two years ago, both my late childhood dogs died. It was a sad month for my family. Those dogs were members of the Greenberg tribe, and we knew they were gone for good.

    The grief we experienced at the loss of such little loved ones made it all the more interesting to learn about the...

  • Pets left behind in the North are focus of Israeli volunteers

    By Dina Kraft

    August 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    YOKNE'AM, Israel, Aug. 15 (JTA) -- When tens of thousands of Israelis fled their homes as Hezbollah rockets began raining down on northern Israel, they left behind not only hastily locked-up houses but, in many cases, their pets.

    After days and weeks of being left to fend for...

  • Travel Briefs

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Music Festival Celebrates Jewish New Orleans

    Hot on the heels of Mardi Gras, a recovering Big Easy will soon play host to the inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival. The two-day gathering on April 1-2 will celebrate the rebuilding of Jewish New Orleans following...

  • The Circuit

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    'Ruffing' It

    Poochies in Guccis? It was all about what the well-dressed doggy will wear as the Animal Alliance, in cooperation with Animal Fair Media, held its sixth annual Paws for Style at Loew's Beverly Hills Hotel. Only one catfight erupted behind the scenes in what was otherwise...

  • Citizen Canine

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stephanie Poretz brings Sasha, her 13-year-old cocker spaniel, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center twice a week. Mark Ferber comes in with his beagle Miss Daisy. Beverly Byer brings down Brailley, her black lab who was rejected from guide dog school because of her bad hips.

    Since 1995,...

  • Kibbitz

    By Carin Davis

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Summertime means baseball, barbecues and kosher dogs. Not the pups you throw on the grill, the ones you take for a walk. That's right -- man's best friend is eating man's best food. KosherPets, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based pet food company, offers up "kosher-style" pet chow for your...