UNTIL this morning I had no idea that some Jews believe in reincarnation, and that – according to some scholars:
Aaah, so that would explain the action of a rabbinical court in Jerusalem which recently sentenced a dog to death by stoning after deciding that the animal was the reincarnation of a famous secular lawyer who had insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago.
According to this report, one of the judges suddenly recalled that, about 20 years ago, the lawyer who insulted the court was cursed by the panel of judges. They wished that his spirit would move on to the body of a dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha), and later the lawyer fell off his perch.
Still smarting from the lawyer’s insult – details of which are not known – one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning, and recruited children in the neighborhood’s to carry out the sentence. Luckily, the dog managed to escape.
The head of the court, Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, has since denied that the judges had called for the dog’s stoning. But one of the court’s managers confirmed the report.
It was ordered by the rabbis because of the grief he had caused the court. They didn’t issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him in order to drive him away. They didn’t think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to get back at the spirit which entered the poor dog.
Jerusalem City Council Member and social activist Rachel Azaria sent an urgent letter to the attorney general, calling on him to “deal with the criminals”. The Let the Animals Live organization filed a complaint with the police against Rabbi Levin.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn