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Animal Rights Advocates in Israel Protest Jewish Custom

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Ynet – Dozens of animal rights activists protested Thursday in Petah Tikva against the use of live chickens in the Jewish custom of Kapparot, in which one swings a live chicken or a bundle of coins over one’s head three times during the days before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, so as to transfer one’s sins to a chicken or to the money, which is given to charity.

Protesters carried signs reading “Mitzvah from the Torah?” and “I’m not your repentance,” and waved banners with pictures of chickens.

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