On the eve of Yom Kippur, which this year falls on September 29-30, the Ministry of environment addressed to comply with the Jewish request to abandon the custom to use for the ritual «kapparot» live chickens.
The staff of the Ministry urged not to torture the birds before they are slaughtered, and remind us that as the «atoning sacrifice» over your head, you can twist the pouch with the money, which you then distribute to the needy.
Rite «kaparot» for thousands of years. During the ritual believers will rotate three times over the head of a live bird, usually repeating: «This is to replace me, it’s – for me, this is my ransom.» Then the bird is slaughtered and the meat given to the poor.
The ritual, causing confusion to many secular citizens and the IRE of the animal rights advocates, according to Jewish religious tradition is intended to encourage a person to repent of their sins and to rethink their actions.