I’m reading online that some people think that Jews dislike domestic pets. I must admit, for me, the way people think is fascinating and funny at the same time. This is especially funny because I’ve had a pet for 7 years now and it has never occurred to me that I might be doing something un-Jewish. No until now. Apparently, there are all kinds of theories why Jews don’t like dogs. This is kinda present in Hebrew literature. One blog post on Jews and pets mentions an example from “Only Yesterday” by the Nobel laureate Shmuel Yosef Agon wheret dogs turn into monstrous creatures, biting the protagonist to death. I mean, maybe the Nobel laureate was afraid of dogs, but saying all Jews are afraid because it’s mentioned in a book written by a Jewish author is absurd.
The blog goes on with the stories that many Jews who came from Europe have reservations for dogs, connecting this anxiety with the Nazi German officers who were training dogs to brutalize the prisoners. Why would we have anxieties from dogs that were used as a tool? I have anxieties about the Nazis. I can tell you that with certainty. But dogs? My dog sits next to me and laughs. What’s more, historically, Jews were shepherds and kept livestock. It’s a fact that shepherds love their dogs since they are essential for their everyday functioning. Another blog goes even further by looking into statements from the Torah and Talmud. Talmud Bava Kamma 80a states that certain types of dogs and cats keep the house free of vermin. The same blog states that the Talmud stipulates that dogs must be kept chained. Yet again, how can I keep this small and cute dog in front of me chained? The Talmud speaks about a time where dogs were used by shepherds, but it doesn’t mention that they were used for emotional support as well.
I don’t know. These arguments are really funny and blown out of proportion. It’s like saying that Jews don’t like dogs because my mother is allergic to dogs, ergo every Jew is allergic. But there’s a solution even for that. That’s why in our home we have a couple of air purifiers found here. It’s all good in my home now. We just love our puppy. Its energy is part of the energy of our home. I can’t even imagine my life without him. And since I am a Jew, can I now say that all Jews love dogs? Think about it.
From my young age I was always the odd man out. I never used to play by the rules. Some of the things I was good at were experimenting and exploring with a lot of new things, while at the same time I was writing. Even though it started as a hobby, I slowly started getting addicted to it. After some time, one of my friends suggested that I go ahead and write about things I was exploring. It would be killing two birds (or interests) with one stone.
I felt I was a great Idea and that is how I started Shearith Isreal, a blog for you. I like exploring cultures and traditions, new technology, great authors and trends across the globe. As a writer looking for ideas, almost everything interests me if it can turn into creative work.
Don’t be shocked. Lots of people do it to save time and just to keep one’s train of thought. Many, who dare to share, tell me that the john is the true oasis of their home. I get it. I am of the same ilk. It may be a small space, but it has a door that locks and you can be left alone. Forget the chores begging for completion and the many loose ends left undone. Forget that stupid TV show; it’s a repeat anyway.
Anywhere is a possible creative space and when you are on a roll, why stop now. As a writer, I firmly believe that I should stay engaged even during my “breaks.” I have finished a few projects on the porcelain throne rather than come back hours later with a dead brain.
Creativity is a precious commodity and once the chain is broken, it takes a lot to get it back. Remember, I said that I don’t play by the rules, so I do what is practical. Working through the call of nature is definitely one of the most pragmatic acts. When I lose it and become frustrated, I symbolically flush the bad ideas down the toilet and move on.
Where do you find inspiration? Is it sitting in the park on a bench watching the kids and dog walkers? Is it on the commuter train or bus amid the noisy morning crowd? Or perhaps it is in the coffee shop, at the movies or just sitting around at home. It makes sense that the best ideas come in the places most frequented. Need I say more!
We are meant to savour the pleasures of the world
The Jerusalem Talmud says that God will reprimand us for not sharing in reasonable joys of this world (Kiddushin, 4:12). God didn’t put the enjoyments of this world here to prod us. Appreciate that hot fudge sundae, however does it carefully, similar to an expert, enjoying every sizable chunk. That way you are controlling the physical and it is not controlling you. Towards a fantastic finish, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsh, the extraordinary nineteenth-century German rabbi, requested that his understudies go with him to the Swiss Alps. He needed to ensure that when he goes to the Next World and shows up to the Creator, and asks, “Samson did you see My magnificent Alps?” he’d almost certainly answer in the positive.
Judaism believes in Heaven and Hell
The Afterlife is a declaration of the relationship to God and otherworldliness that we have sustained and created in this world. The way one encounters the Afterlife is absolutely needy upon his arrangement in advance. Every decision in this world shapes our identity and makes either association or disengagement to the Next World. Envision two individuals tuning in to a show. One of them contemplated music piece read about the arranger and is exceptionally sensitive to every one of the subtleties associated with making this ensemble. For him, the show is a vibrant and profoundly satisfying knowledge. The other individual was hauled along and abhorred established music. For him, the show is exhausting, even excruciating.
You do not need to be Jewish to get to Heaven
As opposed to prevalent thinking, a non-Jew can be profoundly satisfied and even legitimacy a spot in the Next World. The commitment to watch the mitzvot of the Torah is upon Jews as it were. The Torah endorses seven decrees for non-Jews (click here for the posting) and Maimonides states,”Whoever among the Nations fulfils the seven commandments to serve God belongs to the righteous amongst the nations, and will have his share in the World to Come.”
Jewish beliefs have a rational basis-
A few religions request a visually impaired act of pure trust – expect something is genuine on the grounds that sincerely you want it to be valid. The Torah directions us to manufacture a levelheaded premise of conviction put stock in God since you have enough convincing contentions that lead you to reason that God really exists. Utilise your brain, not your heart. You may have questions and questions; you may never achieve 100% information, the mitzvah “to know there is a God” is letting us know don’t be self-satisfied with your conviction. Defy your inquiries, gain clearness and reinforce your premise of conviction by getting more data and realities. Know there is a God; don’t simply indiscriminately expect it.