Israeli lawyer, reincarnated as dog, condemned to stoning! Or not…

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Can lawyers be reincarnated as dogs? This is allegedly what a Jerusalem Rabbinical court recently tried to figure out. According to YNet, a dog wandered into a financial court located in an Orthodox neighborhood, and then refused to leave.

In my experience, dogs will move where you want them if there are enough Liv-A-Snaps involved. But the rabbis came up with another solution: Stone him to death.

According to YNet, “The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the hound was the reincarnation of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago…” A court manager clarified that the sentence 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.”

I’ve heard pretty bad things about what happens to stray dogs in New York’s Hasidic areas. Still, this article sounds fishy to me. (And not nearly as entertaining as the Hebrew-speaking carp found in Rockland County in 2003). A BBC follow up suggests that this story may have been exaggerated; they say the court claims a dog simply entered the premises and then left.  But that’s not a great tale for blog fodder.

So, who knows.  I certainly don’t. All I can say is that I hope it’s not true. Also: I pray these folks don’t find out that Hitler has been reincarnated as a cat.

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