New Year For The Animals

Did you know that Judaism has a New Year for the Animals? It’s called Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot, and it falls on Elul 1. Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot is a time for us to honor our relationships with behemot, the animals in our lives. The holiday has not been celebrated extensively since Temple times. There is room for creativity and interpretation in adapting this ancient holiday to address modern issues.

“A Guide to Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals” contains information on the holiday, as well as an all-ages shofar-blowing ceremony to bless the animals in our lives. Click here for this resource.

“Explanation and ritual for the New Year’s Day for Domesticated Animals” offers explanation and rituals for the holiday. Click here for this resource.

“A Blessing for Bugs on Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot” offers a unique and creative way to celebrate Earth’s small creatures. Click here for this resource.

The source sheet on Jewish perspectives of eating animals provides Jewish texts and rabbinical perspectives on eating animals in the modern world. Click here to access this resource.

The Ark Project is a b’nai mitzvah curriculum from the Jewish Initiative for Animals that contains a wealth of activities to explore human-animal relationships. Click here to access this resource.

The Meat Reduction Rap is a fun activity that allows for a creative way to explore the environmental effects of eating meat, specifically beef. Click here to access this resource.

To Raise Animals: Animals and Us is a chapter from Min Ha’Aretz, a Hebrew School curriculum. The objective of the chapter  is to spark discussions around the ethical treatment of animals based on Jewish and secular,  ancient and contemporary texts. Click here to access this resource.

Jewish Animal Ethics: A Jewish Educator’s Guide is a brief guide to primary sources helpful in doing programming that addresses Jewish animal ethics at Jewish camps and beyond! The first three sections focus on pointing you to Rabbinic and Biblical Jewish texts and the final section points to contemporary news articles and select online sources. Click here to access this resource.