Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ortho Jews "transfer sins" into chickens before slaughter

Yoni Aranoff, 13, with Myron Robinson, his grandfather, doing the kaparot ritual in Queens.

He immediately suspected People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has mounted a campaign against the practice over the past few years, even producing a 10-minute video of the practice in Brooklyn (one of the scenes shows the chickens being stuffed into orange traffic cones).

According to some rabbis, the kaparot custom may trace its origins to the destruction of the Holy Temple, when the high priest chose one of two goats on Yom Kippur through a lottery and designated it to absorb the sins of the people of Israel. Now, chickens and roosters are commonly used.

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