UPDATED OCTOBER 10, 2016
Too crazy to be true — but it is!
Orthodox Judaism: for Yom Kippur, wave a chicken around your head, transfer your sins into it, and then slaughter it
Yom Kippur "Eve" Superstitions of Pagan Judaism
(In 2016 Yom Kippur proper begins at sundown on October 11)
The superstitions of pagan Judaism:
"It is the custom on Erev Yom Kippur to ritually slaughter a white rooster during the morning ‘watch’ after Selichot, for then a thread of divine grace prevails in the world. We slaughter it to subdue supernal severities, and take out its blood to ‘sweeten’ the severities. It is called Kapparah (expiation), as was the scapegoat. Each member of the household should have a Kapparah — a rooster for each male and a hen for each female. A pregnant woman should have three fowls: a hen for herself, and a rooster and a hen for the unknown gender of the child.”(The text goes on to stipulate that the chicken must be rotated around the head nine times).
Source: "Order of Kapparot” in Machzor for Yom Kippur
(Brooklyn: Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, 2004)
[Kaparot is spelled alternately with one letter “p" or two; either is acceptable]
Kaparot paganism as conducted in the Mea Shearim Talmudic ghetto, Jerusalem, Sept. 10, 2013:
If you think Orthodox Judaism is of the Bible, then you need to have your head examined (and your chicken coop locked)
Babylonian sorcerer shlugging kaporos, Jerusalem, Sept. 10, 2013
In Jerusalem Talmudic youth stare glumly at chickens sacrificed in the Babylonian ritual of kaparot
Research by Michael Hoffman
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