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Can I feed my pet non-kosher food?

It is permissible to feed non-kosher food to your pet. In fact the Torah says (Exodus 22:30): "you shall not eat flesh of an animal that was torn in the...

How do I know whether a particular bird is kosher or not?

The Torah provides a list of non-kosher birds (Leviticus 11:13 and Deuteronomy 14:12). Any bird species not mentioned in this list - and this includes the...

What are kosher animals?

A. Kosher animals are creatures that meet the Torah's criteria for what's permissible for Jews to consume. Kosher means fit, and kosher animals...

Does Judaism have an opinion on bugs?

A. Yes. Ants teach us to be industrious, bees teach us to be productive, and caterpillars teach us that we can change. The giant forest of a bug’s...

Can an animal have a human soul?

Not exactly, but there is a concept of "Gilgul". It is possible that the soul of a human being comes down to this world in the body of an animal in order...

Is there a certain way you are supposed to treat birds?

A. The Torah lifestyle advocates sensitivity to all living things. This concept is called Tzar Ba'alei Chaim (Pain of Living Things, pronounced Tzar...

Who is Peter Chamor?

A. Nobody. He doesn’t exist. It’s PEH-ter chah-MORE, Hebrew for “initiation of the donkey”—a mitzvah, not a person. B. Peter...

Is hunting for sport permitted by the Torah?

No. The rabbis call hunting for sport "an occupation of scorners". That doesn't mean we need to legislate against it–that would certainly be an...

Are genetically modified foods kosher?

Although there are instances of genetic material of non-kosher animals being used in kosher foods, to date, no one has succeeded in demonstrating that this...

Will there be wild animals in the Messianic era?

The Torah says: “And I will remove wild beasts from the land” (Leviticus 26:6).According to the Midrash, this blessing will come to fruition in...