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Everytime you zzzz, a kitten dies

Overhead on Shabbat by a Baal Teshuvah mother of 7, who raised her kids as Yeshivish.

“Every time you bentch, an antisemite dies”

The source seems to be the phrase from 1996, that took off 2003 with the internet.  The phrase is now used in every way “every time you vote for the wrong candidate,  a kitten dies.”

Wiki article

It may also go back to the line from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life “”Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

But what interested me was its use as an explanation for the observance of commandments. Benching does not remind one of God, it does not do a tikkun, or show gratitude for the food. Benching fights the evil in the world. Is fighting antisemitism our new cosmology?