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Doing Kaparot with Respect to the Animals

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One of the rituals of the Days of Awe is Kaparot. Kaparot is a method of atonement carried out on the days before Yom Kippur. One takes a chicken, or money, and waves it around the head three times. The chicken is then slaughtered and given to charity as is the money if used in place of the chicken. The Rabbis explain that the chicken is used to show us the unpredictability of life. Just like the chicken, our lives might have, G-d forbid, gone fast, if God had ruled by strict justice. Therefore, during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we ask G-d to act through mercy and not strict justice.

The sign at the Kollel Chabad Kaparot station in Jerusalem states that the chickens will be given to the Chabad soup kitchen and served for free to the needy. An important issue that is emphasized on this sign is "Tzaar Baalei Chaim" – avoiding causing animals suffering. The sign reads: "We make sure not to cause any suffering to the animals". Yitchak Marton from Kollel Chabad explains that throughout the year the soup kitchen makes sure to tie the Jewish idea of "Tzaar Baalei Chaim" to their acts of charity.
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Added: 24th September 2009
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