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  • Beheading My Pet Lamb and Chicken Kaparot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 1, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    I was eight years old when my father brought home our first pet.  Babai, an endearing name for a lamb in Iran, was cute, white, fluffy- all that a child wanted.

    My father emptied the pool and placed Babai in it to roam.  Each day, before and after school, I would walk down the...

  • Pidyon Ha’Hen

    By Rob Eshman

    September 24, 2009 | 7:59 pm

    I bought my first chickens more than 16 years ago, when we lived in Santa Monica.  We moved to Venice, I went chickenless for years, then about five years ago discovered the Omlet, a clean and cool way to coop them up, and started again.

    Now Susan Orleans in The New Yorker has...

  • PETA slams N.Y. kapparot ritual [VIDEO]

    August 27, 2008 | 12:45 am


    PETA anti-kapporot video


    NEW YORK (JTA) -- For the second year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has complained about the High Holy Days ritual of swinging a chicken over one's head, a sin-transference ceremony.

    In a letter sent Monday to the New York agriculture...

  • Human Atonement or Animal Cruelty?

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early morning on the day before Yom Kippur, groups of Jews will be gathering to hold squawking chickens by the feet and twirl them over their head while chanting a prayer. After the twirling, the chickens will be ritually slaughtered and given to the poor.

    Kaparos, literally...

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