tza'ar ba'alei chayim
n. Pity for living creatures (Steinmetz), or compassion for animals.
"I'm vegan because I think that all production of animal products today violate tza'ar ba'alei chayim."
"Don't kill that spider, just throw it out. It's tsaar baaley chayim!" (Glinert)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Hebrew צער בעלי חיים, 'tsa'ar ba'ale chayim' lit. cruelty to animals, (implying something to be avoided).
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
- Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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The term has become popular among Jewish animal advocacy organizations.
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