My sister called me earlier this evening to tell me that a group of animal rights activists were protesting outside the shuk, where individuals are gathering at a municipality-designated site to perform kaparot — arguably the most bizarre of all Jewish rituals.
Kaparot involves swinging a chicken over your head and imbuing it with your sins; then having the chicken ritually slaughtered. However, money can be substituted for the chicken, and the ‘sacrifice’ substituted with the giving of charity. This substitution was the demand of the activists.
So I shlepped up the block with my digi and captured a few scenes. Enjoy.
The large sign reads, “Kaparot with money, not with murder.”
The small sign reads, “Stop murder.”
This gentleman is arguing with my sister, who taunted the demonstrators by chanting “Meat is tasty” and was subsequently called a Nazi — setting off an obvious firestorm. His shirt says “Meat is murder.”
Earlier, according to one friend who attended the demonstration, a shopkeeper turned a hose on the demonstrators, drenching them with water. “Why are you attacking us,” my friend asked. The shopkeeper gave him a foul look, and continued to spray him, while religious onlookers shouted, “You Leftists are destroying the country!”
Mmm, drink in that holiday spirit of forgiveness.