Sarah Chandler & Rabbi David Seidenberg

Compassion into Action: From Animal Care to Justice for All Living Beings

See this in my timzoneTeaching in English at 3:00pm EST | Presented by JIFA

Our Torah and our tradition teach us many obligations for how we must treat the other animal species that are part of our lives. But what do these obligations mean? Are we simply training ourselves to be better human beings? Are we protectors of our animals’ souls? Do animals have “rights” or needs that trump human desires? We will explore the frontiers and limitations of the commandments about animals and their interpretation in midrash, Jewish philosophy, and Kabbalah. Each participant will receive a packet of Jewish sources on “Compassion Into Action” for study and discussion.

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sarah-chandlerSarah Chandler is the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) and team leader at Jewish Initiative for Animals where she works to support Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare. She recently served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm and teaches, writes and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming.

david-seidenbergRabbi David Seidenberg is the creator of neohasid.org, and the author of Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image in the More-Than-Human World (coming out in paperback in December). He was ordained by both JTS and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and lives in Northampton, where he runs the Prayground Minyan. David is also the author of a Prayer for Voting, downloadable from neohasid.org/resources/votingprayer.