As America continues its intensified reckoning with questions of racial justice, parents and educators are keenly aware of the need to speak to children about race in ways that feel authentic and relatable. The Jewish community can look to Yiddish literature for models of antiracist storytelling that took shape long before the storied alliances of the 1960’s civil rights movement. In one key episode, one of the most beloved characters in Yiddish children’s literature proves himself susceptible to unexamined bias and offers a model of how to overcome it.
“Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog” is a Holocaust movie featuring a German Shepherd. Yes, you read right.
“I call him leftist Lassie.”
Even the most secular Jews like to proudly proclaim their background through pet names such as Latke or Mazel.
Does Jake Gyllenhaal value dogs more than he does his own life?
The unusual interpretation by all the Sephardic rabbis of Elad is far stricter than readings by other Israeli Orthodox rabbis.
Mark Meechan taught the pug, named Buddha, to respond with the Nazi salute when prompted by statements such as “Heil Hitler” and “gas the Jews.”
Kaya, a rescue dog, lived to the age of 12, and was known for biting Israeli politicians.
Reform Judaism should be about two things: radical spiritual inclusivity, and dog bar mitzvahs.
The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring recently held its first-ever Yiddish education class for canines.