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Published Friday, November 6, 2015

Attend Synagogue While Staying Home

By Todd Feinburg

Even if you’ve fallen out of the habit of attending services, there are opportunities to cultivate your spiritual side without leaving the house.

Sim Shalom, the world’s only virtual synagogue, assembles the world’s only global virtual blessing of animals on October 16. Respect for animals as creatures of G-d’s creation is an implied teaching of Judaism.

Psalms 145:9 teaches that the sanctity of all life is part of G-d’s work.

Sim Shalom’s annual animal blessing elevates the importance of animal compassion and welfare as strong Jewish moral values. The blessing also recognizes the important bond shared by congregants and their pets as part of their family.

Sim Shalom and JSLI
Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue that is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane in Manhattan, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected.
 Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute, the online professional rabbinical program.

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