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Kapparot

Chicken Suffering Bigger Than Jewish Kaparot

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Although this is a relatively obscure ritual performed by mostly Hasidic Jews, this practice has garnered national controversy with PETA calling for the banning of the practice and many rabbis even criticizing it, encouraging the use of money as an alternative to chickens.

LOOK: Reddit Shows How Kaparot Chickens Feel

Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion

The Jewish chicken-swinging atonement ritual of Kaparot can't be much fun for the chickens involved. In fact, this one looks downright angry: ...

VIDEO: A Rabbi's Plea: Wave Money, Not Chickens

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Today, because it is impossible to do it in a kosher way, we must perform the ritual with money. Rabbinic sources including the Chayei Adam and Mishna Berurah are clear that when the ritual cannot be performed in a kosher way it is preferable to use money.

Rabbi Calls For Better Treatment Of Chickens Used In Yom Kippur Ritual

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion

In response to complaints from animal rights activists, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi has called for better treatment of the chickens that are held a...

Kaparot: The Jewish Chicken-Waving Ritual To Absolve Sins (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

Yom Kippur, the Jewish fast-day of repentance, begins at sundown on Friday (Oct. 7), and some Jews are preparing with ... chickens? The Kaparot rit...