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Saying Good-bye to a Beloved Pet

By Reena Friedman

Ecclesiastes 3:1

לְכָל זְמָן וְעֵת לְכָל חָפֵץ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמַיִם

L'khol zeman v'eyt l'khol hafetz takhat hashamayim

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under Heaven.


Ethics of the Fathers 4:1

אֵיזֶה הוּא מְכֻבֶדֶת הַמְּכַבֵד אֶת הַבְּרִיּוֹת

Eyzeh hu mekhuvedet? ha'mekhaved et habriyut 

Who is honored? The one who honors all creatures


Blessing on seeing a beautiful animal

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה הי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁכָּכָה לוֹ בְּעוֹלָמוֹ 

Barukh ata Adonay, eloheynu melekh ha'olam, shekakhah lo b'olamo.

Blessed are you God, Ruler of the Universe who has such as these in the world


Adapted from the Traveler's Prayer

יְהִי רָצוֹן שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵךְ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵךְ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַדְרִיכֵךְ לְשָׁלוֹם 

<Insert name of pet>, yehi ratzon shetolikheykh leshalom vetatzideykh leshalom vetadrikhekh leshalom

<Insert name of pet>, may it be Your will that you will go in peace, and stride in peace, and be guided in peace...

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