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.
צר לבל חי מען טאר נישט מאכען א באבא
if true that is very sick and stupid.
we belive in reincarnation?
He was not zoiche to be stoned properly, now he still in a dog.
Where there witnesses?
If every curse would have materialized there would have been no room to live in Israel and no remaining stones.
I think its one of the previous Dayanim on the court who paskened wrong
confused, why did it take so long for the lawyer to get into the dog, the lawyer died several years ago
what if the dog was a different lawyer looking for a different court – its just a dog after all; how can this beis din be so sure that its THEIR lawyer?
i just cant understand how grownups especially rabbis can act in such silly and immature way they are so convinced about it that they are willing to kill a gentle and harmless animal are they that far of reallity.
Google כלב and רבי אברהם החסיד… freaky! BUT:
Unless he is the Arizal, I am not comfortable with this dayan deciding whether a dog is a gilgul and certainly less comfortable with him sentencing a baal chayim to such tzaar.
KVETCH (#3) omg you are a thoroughly disgusting excuse for a human being. How do we know you aren’t a gilgul of a dog or worse?
You need a court of 23 judges to convict an animal to have it executed. Mishna in Sanhedrin.
I kept thinking this story was about some crazy Imams in Iran or Saudi Arabia. Who else sentences a dog to death by stoning because of some lala spirit stories? What is happening to Torah observant Jews in Israel and here? Seems like extremism and falling IQ is on the rise. This what happens when basic secular education is squashed for couple of generations; you get these geniuses who ask kids to stone dogs because they believe some spirits entered it. Now I can see why that secular lawyer insulted these “judges.” He couldn’t stand the lack of intelligence that usually comes with the title of “judge.”
Please delete comment #3 . It is a vile, horrific comment about the victim who was burned and severely injured in Skver. It is the statement of a deranged primitive, hostile person. It could also open you up to a lawsuit, and does certainly not belong on your website. Please reread it and delete it. Thank you.
maybe the judges where reincarnated from a dog and just did not like one dog
Where is former poster- Milhouse to clear this up?
This is absolutely insane. Torturing animals to death because of medieval superstitions? If these are the “gedolim”, the “Great Old Ones” of Judaism there is no excuse for Beis Dins.
1) The dog escaped because, in all probability, he was smarter than the beis din.
2) The beis din should all be arrested for attempted animal cruelty and jailed. When they get out, they should be dragged before a responsible and serious beis din, and charged with attempting to violate a d’oraisa (tza’ar ba’alei chaim) in the service of a bizarre superstition.
This is really crazy. Can you imagine the comments when this story hits the secular press? PETA will in Mea Sharim in no time flat. Seriously, I certainly that the Israeli Humane Society can rescue this innocent animal before the sentence is carried out – it the sentence has already been carried out, I hope that the pathetic howling and wailing of this poor animal haunt those that carried out the stoning for the rest of their lives. I hope that they are never able to get a decent night’s sleep because they are always being awakened by howling and yelping.
Hmmmm. A lawyer who was reincarnated as a dog. In some places they would consider that an improvement!
(Reply to #25 ): Either you didn’t read the comment, you wrote the comment, or you are missing a sensitivity chip. Pick one.
I do not know why you are all taking this so seriously. I do not believe this story at all. There probably was a dog and some children threw stones, but I really don’t believe that the rest of the story is true. Usually when you beleive an animal might be a gilgul, you tell him “mochel loch” three times, and he leaves.
Had he come back as a shark, I would have believed the story.
The story as told here was not related correctly. The Israeli Hebrew-language website said that the ‘judges’ ordered the dog be stoned. Nowhere did it (and presumably, they) say ‘to death’. Secondly, the dog refused to leave even whilst stones were being thrown at it. After a considerable time, it picked up and left. Usually an animal would run at the first opportunity. This one did not. I should state for the record that I am not defending the inane ‘psak’, neither do I have any respect for the ‘judges’ involved, for other reasons. But facts are facts, and misreporting is misreporting.
How about that? There I was, thinking exact opposite, i.e. dogs’ neshamos enter into lawyers. Now I am beginning to understand that there is reciprocity between them. Kind of fitting because they suit each other.
this got me wondering my dog who is he, he has a good life he is treated well
maybe a nice person who needed a little more love or care, buy who is he
The Vilna Goan says thse who say Loshon Harah come back as dogs.