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Berkeley Kosher Slaughter Workshop Canceled Amid Outcry

05/04/2014
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SAN FRANCISCO  — A planned workshop in Berkeley, Calif., on kosher slaughter — during which 15 hens were to be killed — was canceled Thursday amid public outcry from animal rights groups and others.

Kaparos: It's Complicated

Around the Christian holiday season, one often hears an old-fashioned song about the fate of the fowl destined for the festal board: "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat."

Of course, for Jews -- especially Ashkenazi ones -- the humble chicken is often the holiday bird of choice around the new year: it's suitable both for consuming and for flinging about in an act of atonement called "kaparos."

An anti-kaparos storybook in which the chickens band together and flee their shtetl.
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