Friday, April 26, 2013

Jewish Law Prohibits Castration of any Male Animal (or Human)

Ben Zoma was asked: 'Is it permitted to castrate a Dog?' He replied: "'Neither shall you do this in  your land', - this means, to no one (including a Dog) that is in your land shall you do this to."

- Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 14b

Lucky Dog!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Meaning of the Names of the Babylonian Talmud's Seven Heavens

The Seven Heavens of Judaism

1) Wilon: Curtain
2) Rakia: Expanse, firmament
3) Shehakim: Clouds, dust
4) Zebul: Elevation, height, lofty abode, Temple
5) Ma'on: Dwelling, habitation
6) Makon: Fixed or established place, residence
7) ‘Araboth: to be dark, in darkness 

SOURCE: Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 12b, Soncino Edition

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Who let the Dogs out this time? The same Rabbis who wrote the Talmud!

NO MAN SHOULD BREED A DOG UNLESS IT IS ON A CHAIN. Our Rabbis taught: 'No man should breed a Dog unless it is kept on a chain. He may, however, breed it in a town adjoining the frontier where he should keep it chained during the daytime and let it loose only at night.'

- Babylonian Talmud, Baba Kamma 83a

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Cutest Animal Talmudika to Date...

‘Why does a Dog know its owner while a Cat does not?’ Rabbi Eleazar answered them: ‘If he who eats something from which a Mouse has previously eaten loses his memory, think how much more memory will be lost by the animal which eats the Mouse itself!’

- The Babylonian Talmud, Horayoth 13a

Just One More Animal Proverb of Judaism...

Many an old Camel carries the skins of their young upon their backs.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

A Few Animal Proverbs of Judaism

Slanderous gossip is a Snake that stings in Syria, but then kills in Rome.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

All the cloth dyers cannot bleach a Raven’s wing.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

The Dove escapes from the Eagle only to find a Serpent in her nest.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,