I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Rabbi Natan Slifkin, Man and Beast.
Man and Beast presents a comprehensive Jewish perspective on our relationship with the animal kingdom. From the blessings to be recited when visiting the zoo, to understanding what exactly sets us apart from animals, to the issues involved in keeping pets - an entire framework is presented.The book is currently available in Israel at Judaica Book Centre, Rechov Even Yisrael 5 in Jerusalem city center. It will certainly be distributed wider in Israel. The book is in transit to the US and will not be available until the end of May or early June. In the meantime, we are taking advance orders at the Yashar website. Although I encourage you to shop at your local Judaica store and support merchants in your community, particularly those who are willing to sell Rabbi Slifkin's books.
"Rabbi Natan Slifkin's new book, Man and Beast, offers a comprehensive view of Judaism's attitude and concern towards the animal world. It is skillfully researched and it is a thoroughly enjoyable read on a subject that otherwise could be considered arcane. There is great information and wonderful insights provided into the worldview of Judaism and its relationship to the other creatures that inhabit God's world with us humans."
- Rabbi Berel Wein
"Man and Beast is a fascinating and important work. It presents an aspect of Judaism that many of us do not even realize exists - its comprehensive principles and laws regarding our interactions with the natural world, in this case, specifically the animal world. Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the world-renowned "Zoo Rabbi," has accomplished amazing things in his seminal works on these topics. This new book of his will doubtless be treasured by educators and anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of the Torah's view of man's interaction with his fellow-inhabitor of this planet, the animal kingdom."
- Rabbi Chaim Malinowitz