News Brief 9/10/2013, Tishrei 6, 5774
Despite ‘Pagan’ Slam, Chicken Kaparot Going Strong
As Yom Kippur approaches, many Jews are continuing the tradition of kaparot with a live chicken, despite criticism of the practice.
The ritual involves circling a live chicken over one’s head three times and symbolically transferring one’s sins to the animal. The chicken is then slaughtered and eaten. Many have the practice of donating the chicken’s meat to the poor.