October 8, 2022 A look at Williamsburg’s kapores (chicken ritual) scene
In this video, we explore Hasidic Williamsburg in the intermediate days between Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year — and Yom Kippur — the holiest day of the year. The streets are busy with a lively ancient ritual of kapores, which entails swinging a chicken around one’s head. There are often also protests by animal rights activists who try to disrupt the ritual of kapores. As a result, there was a strong showing of the New York Police Department during this year’s kapores ritual. Watch the video to walk through the streets with me.