The 2,000 year-old Orthodox Jewish Tradition will continue as it always has for the foreseeable future for the Chabad of Irvine, thanks to the defense by First Liberty Institute. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
Several months ago on this program, we discussed the religious practice of “Kaporos.” It literally means “atonement” and has been a religious tradition of Orthodox Jews for over 2,000 years.
On the eve of Yom Kippur, some Orthodox Jews will recite scripture and then swing a live chicken over their head while reciting a prayer like, “This is my substitute, this is my exchange, this is my atonement. This fowl will go to death, and I will enter upon a good and long life.” The chicken is then butchered in the Kosher fashion and the meat of the chicken is then often donated to those in need of food. The ceremony invites the participants to contemplate their own mortality and appreciate the atonement of their sins.
We represent the Chabad of Irvine that was sued by animal rights activists in Federal court during the holy week of October of 2016. I’m pleased to report that that lawsuit was recently dismissed. We will continue to defend this synagogue at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, but the practice should continue for at least the foreseeable future.
Rabbi Alter Tenenbaum expressed his relief well, he said, “We are overjoyed that the judge saw the wisdom of protecting our ability to practice a cherished tradition of our faith. This is a great victory, not only for the synagogue, but for all Americans who value our constitutional freedoms.”
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