Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jewcology: Animal Rights and Environmentalism

If one has mercy upon living creatures, Heaven will have mercy upon him (Shab. 151b)

Check out the new Jewcology website for a year- long Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment.  Materials from eighteen different Core Teachings topics will be released approximately every 3 weeks between Tu b’Shevat 5772 and Tu b’Shevat 5773.  This week's topic is Animal Welfare, just in time for the portion of Vayikra, where the ancient (and now defunct) sacrificial system is introduced.

They have put together an excellent source sheet on animal rights.  Upload it here.  

While we hope that humans will practice kindness to animals, we often neglect the fact that so many animals practice kindness to humans.  Among those who do are those dogs trained by the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind, which happens to be the mitzvah project of this Shabbat's Bat Mitzvah.  These dogs are taught Hebrew and trained to assist disabled vets and other Israelis needing assistance.  See their website and find out how you can send a dog to Hebrew School.  And join us this Shabbat morning to learn more about this fabulous project.

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