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Swinging Chicken Ritual Divides Orthodox Jews

Swinging Chicken Ritual Divides Orthodox Jews

Orthodox Jews swing chickens over their heads and then have them slaughtered in the days before Yom Kippur.

One year, Schloss found a garage full of chickens that had been abandoned after Yom Kippur.  "They were emaciated chickens mixed in with dead chickens," he recalls. "There was no food, there was no water — it was hot during the day, cold at night. There was rain. It was just a torturous thing for these animals to go through."

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