What can I say, other than IT’S ABOUT TIME!
Look, I don’t love chicken, but I eat it, so maybe I shouldn’t be preaching here. However, the idea of kapparot has always struck me as a part of Judaism that would be best left to the days when animal sacrifices were made by Jews. Kapparot, of course, is the medieval custom of swinging a bird over one’s head just before we atone on Yom Kippur. The poor bird is the scape-chicken and after we swing it over our heads (I have personally never done this), it is slaughtered. Talk about adding insult to injury.
This year, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, a prominent scholar in Israel, has issued a letter and video opposing the custom on the basis of cruelty to animals.
Enough said. Instead of swinging a chicken over your head, take some money and give it to a worthy cause.
Gmar chatima tova.