Fall 2021 Newsletter
While it’s hard to find statistics that agree on the number, somewhere around 55% of Americans have pets. That translates into millions of dogs and cats, not to mention other species. When we think of our pets, we can’t help but realize we are in a relationship with them. We think of them as “persons.” While I know we often anthropomorphize our pets, attributing human thoughts and experiences to the animal world, “personalizing,” our pets means something more foundational. We understand them as subjects, not objects. They have an identity that we are invited to respect and cherish. That’s why we have such visceral reactions when we see animals mistreated as objects rather than persons. Honoring the holiness of our pets is the reason we bless animals every year during Creation Season in September.
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