Saturday, September 14, 2013

State Shuts Down Jewish Ritual Chicken Slaughter Operations On Pico 

Leading up to Yom Kippur, some ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities follow the tradition of "kaparos/kaparot," which is the ritual killing of chickens. And in Los Angeles, it's been an event attracting both Orthodox Jews and protesters. Now, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has shut down two kaparot groups.

Participants usually swing the chicken (sometimes by the wings) around a person three times while reading a prayer, during which time, tradition has it, the person's sins are transferred to the chicken. (Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement.) Then the chicken's neck is slit with a knife and the its blood is drained.

CDFA investigator Rhett Dunn told the LA Times, "I told [Bait Aaron, a Sephardic Orthodox outreach organization, and Ohel Moshe, a synagogue,] what they're doing is against state law. They have to be properly registered." Both groups had been conducting kaparot on Pico Boulevard.


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