Barking and Biting

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel, “We Must Take Every Bark Seriously.”

Sometimes, when they bark, they don’t bite. But other times, the bark is the prelude to the bite. I don’t think you can judge intentions by the bark, and I am certain you need to always be ready for the bite. Dogs and people are not really that different. Over millennia of history, Jews have been threatened and persecuted–barked at and bitten, and they have not been mutually exclusive.


The Jewish people are few in number and with a small but miraculous and wonderful country–we know that rabid dogs that bark against us, also can bite ferociously, and we must take every threat seriously for our very survival. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Doggie On Nervous Lookout

Dog
So this dog is outside Starbucks.



And looking anxiously for its owner. 



The problem is the lady is inside the store and the dog doesn’t see her behind the glass window. 



Lady says to us, “Bang on the glass…so he’ll know where I am.”



We “obediently” bang, but the dog is still looking off down the block.



Lady is getting her coffee, dog is NER-VOUS jumping up and off the chair armrest to get a better look. 



Nope lady is not there.



An occasional bark, but no answer.  



Hope the dog doesn’t pee the seat. 😉



(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal–she had the better angle)