Students in Morah Elizabeth’s and Morah Susan’s religious studies classes put into practice the Jewish value of tza’ar ba’alei chayim – protecting or preventing unnecessary cruelty toward animals.
They first examined the Torah story of Rivka, who showed great kindness to Abraham’s servant Eliezer by greeting him at the well and watering his 10 camels. (Camels, by the way, can drink 30 to 40 gallons of water in about 15 minutes.)
They braided polar fleece strips into pull toys for dogs and filled old socks with noisy paper for cats. Then they delivered the toys to homeless dogs and cats at Animal Allies. While there, our students toured the shelter, hung some of the toys on the animals’ cages, and petted a cat and its newborn kittens.
Mazel tov on these g’milut chasadim -- acts of loving kindness.