Orthodox Jews sentence dog to stoning

I learned two things today. The first is that some Orthodox Jews believe in reincarnation. The second is these same Jews actually believe these reincarnated souls can seek revenge on their previous tormentors. That’s what a group of Rabbis thought when a stray dog entered their religious “court” and refused to leave. They were convinced it must have been the re-birthed soul of one of their “secular” enemies that had since passed away.

One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously.

Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer’s spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism.

Clearly still offended, one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning by local children

Don’t worry: the dog actually escaped. When an animal rights group tried to take action, the Rabbis did the right thing: they totally lied about it, and tried to sweep the whole affair under the rug. Luckily, one of the court’s managers actually has a conscience, and confirmed that Rabbi Ynet is both a liar and a coward. Let’s hope he doesn’t get away with this kind of sick and twisted shit.

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    Kyle

    They cursed the lawyer’s soul to move into the body of the dog? They cast a voodoo hex on this dude? That’s a real thing?

    If all these religious folks believe things like prayer and, apparently, curses actually work, how do they reconcile the fact that they’re actually very ineffectual? Is it just confirmation bias, or out and out delusion?

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    Tim

    “the Rabbis did the right thing: they totally lied about it”

    Wow, didnt see that one coming at all. It amazes me that people don’t look at stories like this and say. “You know, I think it’s time to examine just why I’m apart of a group that has people like this.

  • avatar

    DarkCanuck

    This is the absolute perfect religious news story!
    1. Religious people do something outrageous, irrational, immoral and violent.
    2. Nobody ends up getting hurt (for once…)
    3. Religious people who are otherwise rational have yet another reason to question their faith!

    The very fact that somebody who was working in this ultra-orthodox setting had the decency to tell the truth about the incident shows that there are rational people (to a certain degree) everywhere.

  • avatar

    Apollo

    “You see, the dog is like the reincarnation of this lawyer that insulted me like 20 years ago.. so we GOTTA like stone it to death.. it’s looking at me, looking INTO me… is anyone else hungry?”

    I think someone was already stoned.

  • avatar

    Luke

    Again, just in case others missed it, this story is somewhat misreported. See http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/06/exhibits_a_b.php

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