Kaparot is an ancient atonement ritual performed by Jews between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The ritual involves waving a chicken above one’s head while chanting a prayer for atonement. The chicken, which is meant to absorb all the sins of the person performing the ritual, is then ritually slaughtered and given as charity to a poor family, thereby transforming sin into good deeds.It is mostly the ultra-Orthodox who perform the Kaparot ritual with a chicken. The majority of Kaparot practicing Jews today usually perform the ritual with money instead, with the same result-the money is given to charity.
This year, the Jerusalem Municipality has increased enforcement for kaparot related chicken slaughter to an unprecedented degree. Those who wish to observe or perform the ritual with a chicken will only be able to do so at municipally supervised pre-allocated stations, which will be overseen by veterinary professionals. Kaparot will take place from September 19-24 from 8:00 – 20:00, and on Yom Kippur eve, September 25, from 7:00-11:00, at the following locations:
Etz Chaim Yeshiva courtyard – entrance from Jaffa Road (near the district health bureau)
The Old Beit Yaakov school courtyard, in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood
Mosiof Street in the Bucharian Quarter
Shmuel Hanavi Street
Chevrat Mishnayot Street in Mea Shearim
So you do not want to miss one of the most extraordinary things that have to do with the holidays cultures and values.