A look at Williamsburg’s kapores (chicken ritual) scene

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.


Episode 1: Eve of Rosh Hashana in Williamsburg

  • A Frum Yid :)
    Posted at 01:32h, 01 March Reply

    Hi don’t want to be a rabble rouser, but you kind of “white washed out” the gory parts, where you see the Shochet shecht the chickens?

    • Frieda Vizel
      Posted at 08:34h, 01 March Reply

      I don’t think there was a shochet within sight there. I know there is one in a tent on Wilson, but we didn’t go to that spot. I think they just put the chickens in the “used” stack and then do it out of sight.

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