Nonhuman Others: The Jerusalem Talmud on Animal Ethics

Date: Apr 19, 2021 - Apr 19, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Nonhuman Others: The Jerusalem Talmud on Animal Ethics with Dr. Alexander Weisberg

Part of our series “The ‘Other’ in Jewish Text and Tradition”

April 19, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

This session is generously sponsored by Dale Atkins-Rosen and Robert Rosen.

When we think of others, we often think of human othersthose different from ourselves. Yet we live in a world populated by a multitude of other animals that we interact with in a variety of roles such as companions, laborers, helpers, and food.

What does the Jewish tradition tell us about how we ought to treat and behave toward these animals that fill our world? Through a close reading of a narrative in the Jerusalem Talmud, we will uncover how one may use animals as workers, or for the sake of human needs, while also treating them as subjects, noticing and caring for their sufferings. This, according to the Talmud, is the ideal ethical stance for how to behave towards nonhumans. 


Dr. Alexander Weisberg is an adjunct instructor.

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