Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kapparot and the Day of Atonement

An interesting tradition in Orthodox Judaism is Kapporot (or kapparos), in which a rooster is waved over the heads of people, symbolically transferring sins to the rooster, which is then slaughtered.  Many Jews oppose it as barbaric.  It is apparently a vestigial remain of the Yom Kippur sacrifice.  Here are some sites about this ritual:

Some videos (Note: Some of these display the slaughtering of the chickens.)

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