Demonstrators protest Brooklyn ‚kapparot‘

07.10.2011                      09.Tischrei. 5772                      Erew Jom Kippur


Demonstrators protest Brooklyn 'kapparot'

The group Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos (kapparot) has articulated disgust with practice, to convince people to use money rather than chickens.

On certain nights this week, up to fifty protesters have gathered on corners in Brooklyn to petition members of the Jewish religious community to look more favorably on chickens.
Over the week between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, many members of the haredi community practice the ancient ritual of kapparot, a rite in which a person swings a live chicken or a bundle of coins over one’s head three times and believes that in doing so, they transfer their sins to the chicken or coins. If a chicken is used, it is then slaughtered….