Skip to comments.Feathers fly in Israel over sacrificial chickens
Posted on 09/17/2010 5:38:00 AM PDT by decimon
JERUSALEM (Reuters Life!) A ritual sacrifice of chickens that are also twirled about one's head to atone for sins ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday has come under fire in Israel where animal activists want it outlawed.
The custom known in Hebrew as "kaparot" is commonly practiced by Ultra Orthodox Jews before the annual Day of Atonement, a 25-hour period of fasting and prayer observed by Jews the world over starting at sunset Friday.
In Israel, where a majority of Jews view themselves as secular or non-observant, a small group of Ultra Orthodox has angered the wider public by slaughtering chickens to cleanse themselves of sin.
Many spin the chickens above their heads either before or after they are butchered, and utter a traditional prayer for forgiveness, calling the doomed bird "my substitute, my atonement" to help usher in a "long life in peace."
The slaughtered animals are generally donated to the poor for consumption. Many Jews observe the ancient ritual by means of coins or goods spun about the head instead of chickens.
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Whirly bird ping.
And the Muzzies playing polo with sheep??
I had absolutely no idea that the Ultra Orthodox in Israel were Ladino?!
There’s another way?
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
I’m sure that of all customs everywhere, twirling a dead
chicken around your head is the most sacrosanct and dignified.
Timeless custom known as scapegoating. They surely twirled goat overhead, back when men were men.
As a very small child visiting relatives (of the Hard Shell Baptist variety) in Kentucky I can vividly recall seeing one lady of the house beginning the preparations for a dinner of fried chicken by twirling a nice fat hen by the neck above her head. It’s the fastest and most bloodless way of sending a chicken soul to heaven but had nothing to do with ritual sacrifice. Likewise the blanching, plucking, gutting, brining, flouring, and frying in a half inch of hot lard.
Don’t count on that twirling having nothing to do with ancient sacrificial traditions ~ particularly in Kentucky!
Matthew 26:28 ...this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
There’s no such group as (capital U) Ultra-Orthodox.
“twirling a nice fat hen by the neck above her head. Its the fastest and most bloodless way of sending a chicken soul to heaven”
Another way I’ve heard is to grab them by the legs and swing them around, whipping the head against the corner of a shed.
The only method I’ve used is selecting the bird packed in plastic, chilled, on a styrofoam tray. I think I’ve missed out...
I can remember my Grandma grabbing a chicken, flipping it’s neck onto an old stump and chopping it’s head off before you could say Bob’s your uncle. That chicken never knew what hit it. No sacrifice for us; the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and white gravy were heavenly.
Had a young nephew who was having his first go at wringing Sunday dinner’s neck.
Unfortunately, he didn’t grip the bird’s neck tight enough and the chicken just spun in his hand. The poor, terrified bird let loose with a load of crap that caught him right across the face. He yells, drops the bird and tries to spit the chicken crap out of his mouth. The poor bird takes off running across the yard as fast as it can missing a hands-breadth of feathers from around it’s neck. I laughed so hard I could hardly breathe.
One of the funniest things I ever saw. Makes me laugh just to think of it again. LOL!
Yes, I'm glad you asked.
Accept Christ Jesus, as foretold in the Jewish Scriptures, as your Savior to receive forgiveness for your sins.
No more chickens need be killed for your sins. The lamb of God has already been sacrificed.
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