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Frum News of the weird

Every once in a while I check out those strange news websites, you know, the ones ab out aliens, grilled cheese sandwiches that look like Jesus and criminals who hold up banks with their own deposit slips, but rarely do they include weird frum news stories. The following news story about a dog who was killed in Israel because they thought it was the reincarnation of some evil secular lawyer,  is almost too crazy to be true, yet it is and of course the comments on VIN are pretty funny too!

Mea Shearim – A rabbinical court sentenced a wandering dog to death by stoning. The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the spirit of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago, had been transferred into the dog’s body.

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. Luckily, the dog managed to escape.

The head of the court, Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, denied that the judges had called for the dog’s stoning. But one of the court’s managers confirmed the report to Yedioth Ahronoth.

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  • Paragon of Virtue June 20, 2011, 2:08 PM

    This story is awesome…
    Heshy, looks like you took down the Hot Chani post. I’m not going to comment on whether I thought it was ok or not, but just curious, given that you’re not one who is afraid of offending, what was your reasoning in taking it down?

    • Heshy Fried June 20, 2011, 9:16 PM

      Got a cease and desist letter – going to write about it

  • Yoreh K'chetz June 20, 2011, 2:31 PM

    I thought it was just another way for Peta to pick on Jews… Still unsure of whether or not to believe this story is true, just too absurd.

    • A. Nuran June 20, 2011, 5:04 PM

      Why is it that anything that has to do with Jews and animals is PETA spreading lies to cause anti-Semitism? Sometimes frummies actually do bad things. There are people who report on them who aren’t secret PETA members. And if it’s true, it’s true even if PETA reported it.

      • Yoreh K'chetz June 21, 2011, 4:22 AM


        Fact is that Peta does like going after Judaism. The went after shechita and kapparot, portraying us much the way the nazis did during the 1930’s.

        In this case, I very highly doubt the story is true. There is no basis in Judaism to attack any living creature based on some quacks idea that it may be an incarnation of anyone else.

        If the dog was posing a threat or is known to be one that bites people, it should be put down in a humane way (or by any means necessary), as it’s forbidden by halacha to keep a dog that is a menace to society.

        More than likely in this case that some mischevious kids decided to throw rocks at it, and Peta fabricated a lie to get exposure. It’s quite common for the world to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to condeming frum Jews for anything. Peta saw a great PR opportunity and seized the moment. Just my opinion.

    • Bubba Metzia June 20, 2011, 8:10 PM

      The incident happened, no one disputes that. The dispute is whether the kids threw stones at the dog on their own or if they were instructed to by the court. In either scenario, this incident raises some serious issues about the community in which it took place.

  • Ken June 20, 2011, 2:43 PM
  • ysh June 20, 2011, 2:47 PM

    For the 15th time today, the story is bogus. See http://honestreporting.com/sleeping-dogs-dont-lie-but-the-press-does/

  • Gershon June 20, 2011, 4:53 PM
    • Ken June 22, 2011, 3:00 PM

      Article ends with a statement from the court: “Never was nor will there ever be a stoning of dogs or any animal in the Jewish religion. Never- not in ancient times, going as far back as the temple or Abraham’s days.” Why would the court make a flatly unture statement in its defense? Shmot 21:28: “?????-?????? ????? ???-????? ??? ???-???????, ?????–?????? ???????? ????????,. . .” The dog story remains false but now so does the statement of the court.

  • Dan June 20, 2011, 5:19 PM

    Hey what happened to the hot chani? Did she complain?

  • OfftheDwannaB June 20, 2011, 8:30 PM

    I saw that her son and neighbor commented. I think Heshy made the right decision to take it down once her identity became known.

  • Ken June 20, 2011, 8:36 PM

    “The incident happened, no one disputes that. Not so. For some reason my much earlier comment has been hung up in “moderation” all day. It appears the story was retracted: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13838347

  • Ken June 20, 2011, 8:38 PM

    “The incident happened, no one disputes that.” Not so. For some reason my much earlier comment has been hung up in “moderation” all day. It appears the story was retracted. I’m going to try to post this without the link to the BBC article detailing the retraction of the story and Ma’ariv’s apology for reporting it in the first place.

    • Bubba Metzia June 22, 2011, 9:55 AM

      I apologize. At the time I posted that comment I was not aware that a retraction had been issued by some news organizations.

      I didn’t realize that any mainstream English language news outlets had even picked up the story. I had read about it in Shmarya Rosenberg’s blog. He’s still trying to claim that the story is true now. I guess this is another good example of why that blog isn’t the most trustworthy source.

  • Telz Angel June 20, 2011, 11:04 PM

    Ask your local Telzer if this is true (I attest it is). There was a cat would usually hang out by the beis medrash, but would follow the bucherim to the lunch room for meals. Everyone called it the “Gilgul cat” and the common lore was that the cat was a gilgul (reincarnated soul) of one of the bucherim who was killed in the terrible dorm fire many years ago. We’d feed the cat leftovers.

  • R June 21, 2011, 1:45 AM

    This story isn’t true. And while you might have found it only on weird news sites, here in the UK it made all the major papers including the BBC. It was the most read item on the Telegraph Online, read by thousands every day. Anything negative regarding Israel is heavily reported here. It was a very unfortunate thing to happen, and simply gave the anti-semites (of which we have perhaps more than our fair share) to rant away in the comment boxes beneath the articles.

  • Yochanan June 22, 2011, 10:14 AM
  • Ken June 22, 2011, 3:12 PM

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