Mea Shearim section of Jerusalem, October 5, 2011
By Michael Hoffman
Yom Kippur, that glorious orgy of rabbinic self-congratulation, begins Friday evening, Oct. 7, whereby the western world will watch in awe as "pious Jews" beg God for forgiveness, strive for righteousness and, in the run-up to the holy day, transfer their sins to a chicken.
It's called kaparot. It doesn't fit the misty, gauzy, Spielbergian image of Orthodox Judaism, does it? Talmudists shlugging (twirling) a chicken over their heads in the belief that by reciting the Mahzor prayers while doing so, they are transferring their sins to the chicken!
Kaparot is the pre-Yom Kippur voodoo that the media are reluctant to report. When they do report it they usually omit the twirling and the belief in sin transference to the unfortunate fowl. China's news agency, in covering the kaparot rites in Jerusalem this week, reduced them to nothing more than "the symbolic slaughter of chickens as an act of atonement."
Judaism's kaparot ritual is such a patently pagan rite that it has the power to shock even gullible goyim out of their hypnotic slumber. The first 40 seconds of this rare kaparot video features the actual chicken shlugging (the rest of the video shows believers dumping crumbs into the water, preceded by a cacophony of rabbinic clamor).
After the kaparot voodoo concludes, the perjurer's ceremony begins: on Yom Kippur the infamous rite of Kol Nidrei takes place, almost always explained away to the outside world as a blessed ritual of begging God for forgiveness for oaths that were violated, contracts that were broken and promises that were not kept in the past year.
The trouble is, that pious picture is a phony.
Kol Nidrei is actually a ceremony whereby: 1. all the perjury you will commit in the coming year and 2. all contracts you will sign and violate in the coming year, and 3. all the promises you will break in the coming year, are absolved, with no heavenly punishment accruing as a result. That's the actual reality of Yom Kippur's Kol Nidrei rite, and it's one reason why Yom Kippur is the best-attended of all of Judaism's synagogue ceremonies. Fraudsters like to have an edge and during Yom Kippur that entails making God a senior partner in the sting.
The truth about Yom Kippur's Kol Nidrei ritual is usually dismissed by the rabbis and their mouthpiece media as a "loathsome antisemitic canard." They hurl this accusation in the expectation that the public will not consult the documentation and will instead accept at face value the word of the godly rabbis and their American "news media."
The clever trick is that the lies that are retailed about Kol Nidrei are absolved by Kol Nidrei itself. It's a kind of invincible circuit that reinforces its own deceit. You have to pity people ensnared in this sordid charade of cajoling God into helping them cheat.
Little of this harsh reality will surface in the next few days, however. Instead, the corporate media will spout warm and fuzzy shibboleths about Yom Kippur (here, here and here) as part of the sly masquerade by which Judaism ascends ever higher over the West.
Hoffman is the author of Judaism Discovered (out of print) and Judaism's Strange Gods (forthcoming from Independent History and Research). He is executive editor of the newsletter, Revisionist History.