Is Your Dog Jewish?

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In fact, my dog is Jewish. Here’s how I know.

I recently moved with my husband to an outer suburb of New York City, known for its Jewish, but not young, population.

I haven’t really met any friends. Neither has my dog. The second is a much bigger problem. My dog can’t spend his days chatting with friends on IM or browsing Facebook. He needs real socialization time with other dogs–running around, fetching, sniffing butts–whatever works for him.

Being that there are so few young people in our area, most people own homes, as opposed to renting apartments. This means that other potential doggie friends are hidden behind their white picket fences (literally) instead of at the dog parks.

So I turned to, which is totally out of my character. I found a group of dog owners in my area and found another woman’s profile saying she was relatively new to the area and also looking for doggie playdates. I emailed, though it was a bit strange. I had never approached someone online like this.

We are both commuters, weekends worked best for us. I suggested Sunday mornings. She wrote back that she has “religious services.” Would Saturday morning work? Not really, I wrote back. We still haven’t made it work.

To be honest, I don’t have too many non-Jews friends. I work in the Jewish community, as does my husband. We live in the New York area. Most of our friends from growing up were from our Jewish youth group.

I know I can socialize with non-Jews. But truth be told, my lifestyle and schedule don’t make it that easy. And like most of my friends, we feel more comfortable being in a group of Jews. And while my dog can definitely play with dogs of all creeds and breeds (his last “girlfriend” was Yorkie owned by a Persian family), his schedule is dictated by mine.

Alas, playtime is a shared experience for just the two of us curly-haired Jews.

(Unless of course any of our blog readers are in Rockland County and want to make friends with adorable Peyton the Cockapoo.) peyton.jpg

Posted on November 9, 2007

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12 thoughts on “Is Your Dog Jewish?

  1. clara1

    I asked my four dogs and six cats if they were Jewish since I had converted and they said yes–what I am they am.


  2. Ezekah

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica]This guy came to see his rabbi and said “I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be bringing my dog to Shabbat services tomorrow.”[/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica] [/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica]The rabbi said “Absolutely not. Leave it home”.[/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica] [/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica]“But rabbi, my dog is Jewish”. The guy turns to his dog and says “Daven.” The dog noses open its tallit bag, takes it out, and wraps it around its shoulders. Then it flips a kippah on its head. It takes a siddur from the bag, noses it open. Then it bends its head down and starts davening.[/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica] [/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica]The rabbi says “That’s amazing. Your dog is smart enough to perform on stage!”[/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica] [/font][/color]

    [color=#0404de][font=Helvetica]The guy shakes his head and says “You talk to him. He says he wants to be a rabbi.”[/font][/color]

  3. Haffju

    That is a very funny story and I loved it. My cat Juno is Jewish too because if she was not I would not allow her to sleep in my house as I like to keep things around here kosher. But I thought Meetup was an atheist group?
    But no matter, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew rather atheist, Jewish by religion, Christian, Buddhist, Mormon or whatever we as Jews are still the chosen people and that is what counts.

  4. Matzah2

    Did you hear the one about the Jewish Bear?

    Two hunters were in the woods getting ready to shoot a bear when one said,
    “Hey, wait! Is that bear wearing a tallis?”
    “Hey, ya, look at that!” said the other.
    The bear glanced at the hunters, put his finger over his mouth, and motioned them to approach.
    “I think he wants us to go over to him.”
    “Yah, look, he is even wearing a kippa and holding on to a siddur!”
    Again, the bear put his finger over his mouth and waved them to come closer.
    “I think he wants us to daven with him.”
    “Yah, okay, lets go…I guess.”

    When they got close, right up to the davening bear, he put an arm around each of them, held them close and said, “Yisgadal yisgadash shmei rabba…

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