04/17/2013 10:48 am ET

Jaime Rojo on the ImageBlog

The Kapparot Chicken Ritual. Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2012. This practice is observed by some orthodox Hasidic Jews and involves a live chicken a few dollars and a prayer. The custom is observed as Yom Kippur approaches, which is the Jewish Day of Atonement. The practitioners pray that their sins will be transferred to the chicken so he or she would escape punishment from God. The practice has been criticized as animal abuse by several organizations in New York City. I felt really bad for the chickens but I have not stopped eating them.