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October 09, 2019 - Gothamist

Animal Rights Activists Face Off With Jewish Community Over Treatment Of Chickens During Kaporos

Animal Rights Activists Face Off With Jewish Community Over Treatment Of Chickens During Kaporos
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As Yom Kippur approaches, there are two annual traditions this time of year in Jewish communities: A kaporos festival, and an anti-kaporos protest. This year was no exception.

Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday in the Jewish calendar, is the day of atonement, and kaporos is an atonement ritual practiced by some Orthodox Jews. It involves circling a chicken around one's head three times while saying a prayer to transfer sins to the bird, before giving the chicken to a butcher, who then slaughters it.

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