Alternatively Speaking: Chickening out

25.09.2012                      09.Tischrei. 5773                       Erew Jom Kippur

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Alternatively Speaking: Chickening out

Natalie Marx explains health benefits of chicken in light of the pre-Yom Kippur tradition, Kapparot.

Although not practiced by the majority of Jews around the world today, Kapparot – the ancient Jewish folk custom that involves whirling a chicken above one’s head whilst reciting a prayer – is still performed by some. The tradition, connected to the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, comes from the folk belief that a chicken can atone for an individual's sins by ritually transferring one's misdeeds to the animal before it is slaughtered, thereby allowing them to begin the New Year with a clean slate….