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  • At 11th hour, federal judge allows Southern California kapparot ritual

    October 13, 2016 | 10:38 am

    A Los Angeles federal court judge lifted a temporary injunction against performing kapparot, a Jewish pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered, shortly before the holiday.

    On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Andre Birrote Jr. lifted the...

  • Anti-kapparot protest leads to at least one arrest

    By Ryan Torok

    October 11, 2016 | 2:50 pm

    The Jewish ritual of kapparot for Yom Kippur is causing clashes in the local community between Jews who believe in the act of slaughtering chickens as a way of transferring one’s sins in advance of the holy day and animal rights activists who are opposed to the activity.


  • Judge blocks kapparot pre-Yom Kippur chicken ritual in Southern California

    October 11, 2016 | 10:48 am

    A Los Angeles federal court judge ordered a preliminary injunction against performing kapparot, a Jewish pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered.

    U.S. District Judge Andre Birrote Jr. granted the injunction Friday in response to a...

  • Kapparot ritual allowed in New York

    September 16, 2015 | 11:07 am

    The Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can proceed in New York, a state Supreme Court judge ruled.

    Justice Debra James ruled Monday in Manhattan that there was not enough evidence to prove that the ritual is a public nuisance, the New York Post reported. The decision was in response...

  • Letters to the editor: Peoplehood, kapparot, Joseph L. Young and more

    September 16, 2015 | 9:14 am

    Dealing with the Deal, Together

    I am writing to say that I agree with what David Suissa said in his editorial (“Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood,” Sept. 11). But he forgot to mention something important. 

    It was because we could not come together that we lost Jerusalem and the Temple...

  • Animal commissioners express support for humane treatment of chickens used for kapparot

    September 9, 2015 | 4:27 pm

    The city of Los Angeles Animal Services department “will be ready and available” to respond to animal cruelty calls about kapparot, Mark Salazar, director of field operations at L.A. Animal Services said on the evening of Sept. 8 at a Los Angeles Board of Animal Services...

  • Compassionate kapparot: use coins, not chickens

    September 23, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    How does one remove sin and guarantee one’s name in the Book of Life during the Ten Days of Repentance? Here’s one way that does not work: Take a factory-farmed white hen out of a battery cage in the sweltering heat, wave it over your head, say “This is my exchange, this is my...

  • Pro-Chicken Kapparot

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Every year some stalwart traditional Jews in LA observe the Yom Kippur custom of kapparot, and every year there are completely justifiable protests and public revulsion in response.


    This year is no different.  As the Jewish Journal documented, Orthodox Jews in the Pico...

  • Thousands of kapparot chickens die in New York heat

    September 13, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Thousands of chickens designated for the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual died in New York due to unseasonable heat.

    An estimated 2,000 chickens died Wednesday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park on Wednesday, when temperatures climbed into the mid-90s, the New York Daily...

  • Brooklyn’s ‘crazy chicken lady’ making progress in fighting kapparot ritual

    September 10, 2013 | 10:17 am

    For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy.

    Fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, she was told things had always been this way and if she kept up the battle, she would only incite anti-Semitism.

    Year after year, people would kindly suggest she find another...

  • Humane Kapparas

    By Rob Eshman

    October 7, 2011 | 12:09 am

    I think my wife Naomi struggles to find the good in the farm I’ve crammed onto our city lot.  Sometimes she reaches her limit—like when the goats escape and barge into the house—or when she’s trying to write or study and the chickens are clucking and the dogs are barking and...