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|Originally Posted: 30 August 2011|
Urge Kaporos Practitioners to Use Money Instead of Chickens
[Ed. Note: For more details, read Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos.]
Please contact the Rabbinical Council of America and ask them to advocate that kapparot be carried out with money rather than chickens.
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What is kapparot?
Kapparot or kaparos, meaning “atonements,” is a custom in which a chicken or money may be used. Kapparot using chickens is practiced by some Jews shortly before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. First, selections from Isaiah 11:9, Psalms 107:10, 14, and 17-21, and Job 33:23-24 are recited. Then a rooster (for a man) or a hen (for a woman) is held above the person’s head and swung in a circle three times, while the following is spoken: “This is my exchange, my substitute, my atonement; this rooster (or hen) shall go to its death, but I shall go to a good, long life, and to peace.” The chicken is then slaughtered and may or may not be given to the poor for food.
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