Chief Rabbi Lau Urges Better Treatment for Chickens in Kapparot Ritual

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2349077637Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, David Lau, called for better treatment of the chickens used in the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual.

Lau in a letter addressed to ritual organizers and participants wrote that causing the chickens to suffer before and during kapparot would be a “mitzvah through a transgression,” which he said “was not the intention of the sages.”

“I would like to remind you of the holy duty all year round to prevent any animal suffering and unnecessary pain, to make sure that they are transported properly and treated appropriately,” the letter said.

The chickens often are crammed into small cages in the end-of-summer heat without food or water.

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