Jewish Traditions

Lisa Kemmerer

in Animals and World Religions

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790678
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919178 | DOI:
Jewish Traditions

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The fifth chapter explores animal-friendly teachings and practices in Jewish religious traditions through sacred texts and teachings, such as creation and sacred nature, mercy and compassion, tsa’ar ba’alei chayim, “dominion” in the image of God, humility, the Peaceable Kingdom, Jewish law, and diet. Chapter 5 also explores the relationship between the divine and nonhuman animals, and the divinely ordained relationship between humans and other animals as presented in scriptures (especially Genesis, Psalms and the Book of Job). This chapter closes by describing animal activism in Judaism as exemplified by rabbis and the prophets, as well as by activists such as Lewis Gompertz (founder of RSPCA) and contemporary animal liberationists Richard Schwartz and Nina Natelson.

Keywords: Judaism; creation; sacred nature; mercy; compassion; dominion; humility; Peaceable Kingdom; Jewish law; diet

Chapter.  16227 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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