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Old 09-11-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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I'm not Jewish but I have lived in heavily Jewish neighborhoods most of my life. I have gone to school and worked around many Jews and have had Jewish girlfriends. Somehow, though, I have never heard of this particular practice, called "kaparot", the sacrifice of chickens prior to Yom Kippur. How widespread is this practice?

Orthodox Jewish chicken-killing ritual draws protests - latimes.com
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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Ashkenazim all do it. I don't know about Sefardim. When I say "all" I mean those of use who keep the nitty gritty of Jewish law and tradition. The standard practice is to do it using chickens. I just "shlugged kaparos" today. My chicken cost me 8 dollars, and after I was done donated it to help feed the needy.

PETA and liberal Jews hate the practice. The former because they believe all living creatures were created equal, and the latter because it makes Jews look stupid and primitive, and it doesn't sit well with those who are trying their hardest to blend in with secular society.

I will add there are several ways to do "kaparos," but the standard tradition is to do it with a live chicken.

Have a gmar chasima tovah.

P.S. according to your link, Sefrdim also practice this custom.

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Old 09-11-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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...a number of other prominent rabbis have expressed concern that the ritual,
in which chickens are hauled into dense urban centers by the truckload, makes it
virtually impossible to adhere to the principle of "tzaar baalei chayim," which
prohibits inflicting suffering on animals.

"Crazy Chicken Lady" Makes Progress in Kapparot Fight
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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The chickens at my place, neither cry nor sing. They just blink with deep understanding at the "B'nei Adom."
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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The chickens at my place, neither cry nor sing. They just blink with deep understanding at the "B'nei Adom."
Do you kill the chicken yourself?
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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I asked my Rav a shaila, and I'm not permitted to use a chicken for Kapparos since my parents and grandparents never did so. I use money instead and then donate that amount to tzedaka.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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What I've read about kapparot reminds me of voodoo.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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What I've read about kapparot reminds me of voodoo.
Keep in mind Voodoo is a hybrid religion that combines parts of Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam and Tradition African Religions.

Parts of it's ceremonies are taken from Judaism and other Abrahamic beliefs.

However, if you read more about Kapparot, you just may discover it has quite a legitimate history. Interesting tradition.

The Kapporat is carried to an extreme in Christian practices:

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Jewish Merkabah Mysticism and Early Christian Exaltation Discourse Timo Eskola ... between the images of Jesus' blood and the Uacmipiov (Kapporat). "Sofern ...
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I am neither Jewish nor Christian, but I am aware that every Christian practice is related to Judaic tradition, although sometimes misunderstood.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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Brooklyn, NY - Kaparot Services Suspended In Borough Park After Thousands Of Chickens Suffocate In Heat

Brooklyn, NY - Kaparot Services Suspended In Borough Park After Thousands Of Chickens Suffocate In Heat -- VosIzNeias.com
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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Keep in mind Voodoo is a hybrid religion that combines parts of Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam and Tradition African Religions.

Parts of it's ceremonies are taken from Judaism and other Abrahamic beliefs.

However, if you read more about Kapparot, you just may discover it has quite a legitimate history. Interesting tradition.

The Kapporat is carried to an extreme in Christian practices:



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I am neither Jewish nor Christian, but I am aware that every Christian practice is related to Judaic tradition, although sometimes misunderstood.
I knew Voodoo was heavily based on Catholicism and traditional African beliefs, but didn't know about the influence from Judaism.
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