Doing Kaparot with Kindness

At Kollel Chabad, volunteers ensure that the traditional Kaparot are done without any mistreatment of birds used in the ritual.

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Kollel Chabad's Kaparot station
Kollel Chabad's Kaparot station
Israel news photo: Guy Asyag

During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally perform the ritual of Kaparot, in which a chicken or money is used to symbolically atone for sins. At Kollel Chabad in Jerusalem, volunteers ensure that Kaparot are done with respect and care – both for the recipients of the aid, and for the chickens used in the ritual.

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Jewish tradition teaches that a chicken is used in Kaparot to demonstrate the unpredictability of life. Just as the chicken is killed, so too the one performing the Kaparot ritual could lose his or her life if not for G-d's mercy.

Photos by Guy Asyag, Video by Eli Mandelbaum