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In general, the laws of kosher are for (Jewish) humans, not for animals. There are, however, two sorts of non-kosher food that we are not only forbidden to eat, but we are also forbidden to derive any benefit from: 1) Chametz on Passover. (Click here for ...
There's something that make us both objects of trepidation. And it's not the facial hair
Question: Where in the Torah is it stated that I must feed my dog before I feed myself? Answer: We are indeed commanded to feed our animals before feeding ourselves. The Talmud (Gittin 62a) writes, "Rabbi Judah said in the name of Rav, 'It is forbidden fo...
I am giving up on humans. Why can't I find a man as loyal as my dog?
Cats sometimes show a wild feral side that makes you wonder: Are cats really happy about being domestic animals? Which, by the way, is a question we might raise about ourselves; a question raised by Chassidut.
I just read the news about a passenger who was not allowed to bring a “support peacock” onto a commercial flight and was wondering . . .
Shavi Slodowitz grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Bais Rivkah High School. Being a somewhat difficult student, she lacked the motivation she needed to grow. In the most unusual way, the Rebbe channeled her passions into personal growth and...
My dog recently died. He was my loyal companion for many years, even more loyal than some of my friends. I was wondering: what happens to animals after they die? Do they go to heaven?
Shabbat presents certain challenges for pet owners, but many, many pet owners are also Shabbat-observant Jews, and becoming familiar with a few basic rules and concepts is all that is needed. There are four primary areas affected by the Shabbat laws: 1) F...
Shmuel Question: My pond fish died today and I was wondering whether there was an appropriate mourner's prayer to say for him. Answer: The loss of life is a sad event. Yet, there is a special sanctity to the human soul, and a specific pain when there is l...
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