Stone the Beast

Leviticus 11 includes the proscriptions for the types of plants and animals that the Jews may and may not eat. These include:

27 And whatever goes on its paws, among all kinds of animals that go on all fours, those are unclean to you. Whoever touches any such carcass shall be unclean until evening. 28 Whoever carries any such carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. It is unclean to you.

Not only is it forbidden to eat dogs, apparently they can also become possessed. Recently a Rabbinical Court in Israel sentenced a wandering dog to be stoned to death because it was possessed. This possession was not by the devil, as most possessions are, but by the spirit of a lawyer. Perhaps they saw no difference.

Several weeks ago, according to the Behadrei Hadarim website, a large dog entered the Monetary Affairs Court near the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim. The dog scared the court’s visitors and, to their surprise, refused to leave even after they attempted to drive him away.

One of the judges suddenly recalled that about 20 years ago, a famous secular lawyer who insulted the court was cursed by the panel of judges, who wished that his spirit would move on to the body of a dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha). The lawyer passed away several years ago.

 Still offended, one of the judges sentenced the poor animal to death by stoning, recruiting the neighborhood’s children to carry out the order.

Apparently, the dog managed to hi-tail it just in time.

“It was ordered by the rabbis because of the grief he had caused the court,” he said. “They didn’t issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him in order to drive him away. They didn’t think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog.”

It is impossible for me to understand the stupidity of people who can believe such nonsense. And these are the community leaders. That scares me.

edited to add:

Story has been demonstrated to be false.

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3 Responses to Stone the Beast

  1. Lance says:

    Sounds like the dog may have been rabid. Lucky he didn’t bite the rabbis or else the headline would have been “Rabbis with Rabies”. Or that he might have bitten some of the children throwing stones: “Maybes Babies with Rabies”.

  2. If the young’ens had been the children of the rabbis, it might have been maybe Rabbis babies with rabies.

  3. Pingback: Correction on the (non)stoned dog in Israel | PEI Curmudgeon's Blog

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