Ultra-Orthodox Jews prepare for Yom Kippur with kaparot ritual.
Ahead of Yom Kippur, ultra-Orthodox Jews slaughter white chickens as part of a ritual to cleanse themselves of sins from the past year.
It is believed that one transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken.
Kaparot is a custom connected to Yom Kippur, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement. The slaughtered chickens are then donated to the poor.
The kaparot ceremony is held before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which starts on Friday. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.
An ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over the head of another as they perform the Kaparot ritual ahead of the holiday of Yom Kippur in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood September 15, 2010.Reuters / Baz Ratner.
Source: Israeli Newspaper Haaretz.
The Hebrew Bible demands sacrifice of blood for forgiveness of sins. This sacrifice has to be done by priests inside the Temple in Jerusalem.
Since there is no Temple in Jerusalem, this kind of sacrifice is not valid. This is the problem for all who believe in Judaism. The Hebrew Bible also explains that God will make a New Covenant with his people, where He will forget their sins.
Why did God allow His temple to be destroyed?
Jesus has the answer. He went into the Holiest place, and offered His own blood as an atonement for sins. By the sacrifice of the only begotten Son of God of Israel , He brought an end to all blood sacrifices, Once and for all.
Jesus is our Yom Kippur. He has atoned not only for the sins of the Jews, but for people in all nations on the face of the Earth.