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Articles Thousands of chickens die of heat before ritual slaughter
Thousands of chickens die of heat before ritual slaughter
From NY Daily News
Thousands of chickens — condemned to die in a Jewish redemption ritual — instead died in Wednesday's unseasonable heat, causing the annual rites to be put on ice in some Brooklyn neighborhoods, the Daily News has learned.
The soon-to-be-slaughtered poultry perished at the hands of a higher power when the mercury hit the mid-90s — hours before they could be used in Kapparot, an Orthodox tradition wherein Jews symbolically transfer their sins to the bird before sacrificing it.
"We lost about 2,000 chickens because of the heat," said a man who works in Skwere Mosdos, a Borough Park shul.
"It's a big loss," added the man who declined to give his name. Another person at the 45th St. establishment estimated the death toll at 800.
The hot and muggy day caused a calamity for other Kapparot operations.
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