Man is dogs' worst enemy

Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' 


A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say.

The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.

It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out. One of the judges at the court in the city's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.

An animal welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against a court official, who denied reports that judges had ordered the dog's stoning, according to Ynet.

But a court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as "as an appropriate way to 'get back at' the spirit which entered the poor dog", according to Ynet.

Dogs are often considered impure animals in traditional Judaism.



How did you feel after you read this story?

What does it make you think about religions?

Something really curious: this story is from the BBC but for some reason they have removed it. I wonder why ...

Vocabulary:

a c____ - magic words which are intended to bring bad luck to sb / to put a c____ on sb

to c____ ___ sth - to do or complete sth that you said you would do or have been told to do

to make a c________ - to say sth is wrong or unsatisfactory / to c_______

to g__ ____ at sb - to take revenge

d_______ (adj) - dead

a s____ - a pet that doesn't have a home or can't find its home

to file -

to bid -

to stone -

secular (adj) -

a court -

a sentence -



Grammar point:

"The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out."

The above example is often used in news reports (also with verbs: know, believe, report, understand, expect and think). It is a formal structure and it makes the information sound more impersonal.

Structure:

Subject + be  + past part + to + infinitive (eg to be) or perfect infinitive (eg to have been)

It is + past part + that + clause


Other examples:

It is understood that the government is tempted to call an early election.

They are thought to be from the North of Africa.

The man is believed to have confessed to the crime.

It is said that the company may close.

His wife is known to have asked him for a divorce.

It is reported that the King has had an operation on his knee.

The little girl is understood to be safe and well.



On the other hand here are examples of where a dog is man's best friend:

Comments

José. said…
Hi Graham,

In this story there are a lawyer, a judge and a dog. The lawyer and the judge are related with justice but I don't understand what relationship the dog has with them. ¡Poor stray dog! Animals have to suffer for human beings. It's unfair. This judge is completely nuts. This tale is shown to feel shame.

We can't express freely when we talk about religion because people get overexcited immediately if you don't think like them. Be careful. I don't want to revolutionize this great blog. I'm not religious now.

On the other hand, I wonder too why BBC has removed this story and I think because policy is rubbish and they use anything (animals, stories, religion and so on) to convince about their ideas.

Vocabulary:

1.- Charm and clover

2.- Carry out

3.- Change and check

4.- Get revenge

5.- Deceased

6.- Shot pet

See you.
Graham said…
Hi José,

I put the original BBC article back up. I don't know why it was removed in the first place. Now that you have it, I'll give you more time to find the words to complete the vocabulary exercise.


In this story there is a lawyer, a judge and a dog. The lawyer and the judge are related to justice but I don't understand what relationship the dog has with them. ... This tale has been reported to shame the people concerned. (I'm not sure if this is what you mean; I'm just guessing)

On the other hand, I also wonder why BBC has removed this story. I think it is because the policy is rubbish and they use anything (animals, stories, religion and so on) to convince people about their ideas.