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Jewish Kapparot ritual

Practitioners of the Kapparot ritual have become the target of complaints by some rabbis and animal welfare organizations because it involves the slaughtering of a chicken to depict the transfer of divine punishment to the soul of the chicken.

Despite the fact the many Jews have substituted the chicken with a piece of pottery that is then smashed or money that goes to charity, some Jews fail to acknowledge the scapegoating violence involved in the ritual and the lack of mercy and compassion it shows.

Additionally, it’s not just the ritual what is inherently cruel, but the way chickens are handled and transported to markets before the ritual. People who have witnessed this ritual believe that children who are exposed to this custom either become cruel adults or are traumatized. A board member of the Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believes that “It does not make sense that we are asking to purify ourselves on Yom Kippur through the slaughter of a helpless animal.”

To read the full article please visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3309121,00.html 

A common practice throughout the ages has been the sacrifice of innocent victims for the atonement of sinners. While this goes on mostly unnoticed in our daily lives, through thoughts and deeds, the actual sacrifice of an innocent animal to symbolize atonement is simply barbaric. What God requests from us is not the victimization of innocent ones, but to extend our love and compassion to all of God’s creatures.

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