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Activists Sue Religious Jews over ‘Kapparot’ Chicken Ritual

Animal rights activists are suing religious Jews in Irvine to stop the tradition of kapparot, an annual ritual in some Jewish communities in which chickens are waved in the air, slaughtered and donated to the poor as atonement for sin in preparation for Yom Kippur.

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Rabbi Accused of Threatening Husbands Who Won’t Give Divorces

A New Jersey rabbi spent his second day on trial for allegedly charging undercover FBI agents to kidnap a man and force him to give his wife a religious divorce, called a “get.” Attorneys for Rabbi Mendel Epstein characterize him as a “defender of women’s rights.”