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Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' (SFOG)

Not even sure where to begin with this one.

A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say.

The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.

It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out.

One of the judges at the court in the city's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.

An animal welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against a court official, who denied reports that judges had ordered the dog's stoning, according to Ynet.

But a court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as "as an appropriate way to 'get back at' the spirit which entered the poor dog", according to Ynet.

Dogs are often considered impure animals in traditional Judaism.

This isn't in the US, so obviously our version of animal cruelty laws don't apply here, but where exactly is the biblical basis, not so much for ordering someone stoned to death, that's common, but for cursing someone into a dog's body?  Let's not even mess with believing the person is IN the dog's body for now, unless someone REALLY wants to tackle that one, too.

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Asked by NotPanicking at 5:27 PM on Jun. 19, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Wow harsh too harsh

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 5:52 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • I am totally at a loss here....

    Answer by asmcbride at 6:20 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • wow...thats odd.

    Answer by okmanders at 7:22 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • Wrong on several levels.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 7:38 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • There is no biblical standard for this. No where does it say to command a spirit into a dog... the only time you see demonic spirits enter an animal is the one about the pigs but the demons ASKED to be sent there and Jesus released them to go there.


    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 8:27 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • I'm an Orthodox Jew and honestly, I call BS on this one. We don't believe animals have free will, so for starters, just as the ycan't do right" then can't also "do wrong", they can only do what their instinct tells them too.
    Second, in the bsence of a Temple or Sanhedrin there's no "rabbinical court" to decree the death penalty.
    So, IMHO, this news is totall yfalse or the group doing this aren't reall yreperesentative of what Jews and Judaism is and are really just a bunch of fanatics.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 8:31 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • Sorry about the typos, I had a margarita during lunch, LOL! And a new keyboard :)


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 9:17 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • Thanks for clearing that up momto2boys =) I was actually waiting for your response to this one.

    Answer by asmcbride at 10:03 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • just more sickness perpetuated by idiotic superstition.

    Answer by autodidact at 10:42 PM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • I tend to think Sharon is right about this. If it IS true, it's sickening.

    Answer by popzaroo at 12:11 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

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