Yom Kippur—the western world will watch in awe as sins are transferred to a chicken.
It's called kaparot. It doesn't fit the misty, gauzy, Spielbergian image of Orthodox Talmudism. 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. In charity, let us pray for those deluded into these anti-Scriptural traditions in the name of the Bible.
Kaparot is the pre-Yom Kippur superstition that the media report cosmetically—usually omitting the twirling and the belief in sin transference to the unfortunate fowl. In 2011 China's news agency, in covering the kaparot rites in Jerusalem, reduced them to nothing more than "the symbolic slaughter of chickens as an act of atonement." The kaparot ritual is a patently anti-Biblical rite.
After the kaparot concludes, the deeply troubling Kol Nidrei ceremony commences, almost always explained 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 claim is disinformation.
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.
“Complicating matters further, some analysts say that Ayatollah Khamenei’s denial of Iranian nuclear ambitions has to be seen as part of a Shiite historical concept called taqiyya, or religious dissembling. For centuries an oppressed minority within Islam, Shiites learned to conceal their sectarian identity to survive, and so there is a precedent for lying to protect the Shiite community.”
"...Many Jews who do not attend synagogue regularly make sure to be present for the evening prayer service that marks the start of Yom Kippur, when worshipers recite Kol Nidrei, perhaps the most famous passage in Jewish liturgy—and one of the least understood...As the Day of Atonement approached, many Jews were aware that they might have impetuously uttered vows for which God would call them to account. They therefore gathered in the synagogue right before the onset of the holiday to seek the dissolution of these vows, publicly declaring that all vows taken in the past year should be dissolved.
"...Medieval rabbis were summoned to the courts of kings and accused, in public debate, of communal dishonesty. Jewish sages responded to such charges by explaining, accurately and honestly, that legal dissolution of vows applied only to promises to God and that agreements with human beings could not be dissolved....rabbinic tradition makes clear that repentance before God does not undo misdeeds against another human being..." (emphasis supplied; read more at wsj.com)
The act of telling the truth by citing the relevant halachos from the Gemara concerning Yom Kippur's Kol Nidrei ritual, is almost always hysterically denounced as an act of hatred.