LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal court judge has issued a temporary restraining order banning a Southern California synagogue from carrying out a religious ceremony involving the slaughter of a chicken.

The Orange County Register reports U.S. District Judge Andre Birrote Jr. granted the order Friday.

Birrote scheduled a hearing Thursday at which Chabad Irvine may contest his ruling.

A call Saturday to Chabad was answered by a recording.

Birrote issued the order after the Virginia-based group Universal Poultry Concerns sued to stop the Orange County synagogue from carrying out the 2,000-year-old ceremony Kapparot.

The ceremony, which means atonement in Hebrew, is practiced in some traditional Orthodox Jewish communities between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which ends Wednesday.

It involves swinging a chicken over a person’s head before slaughtering the bird kosher style.

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Comments (3)
  1. No Brainer says:

    Cruelty to animals !!! Disgusting !!! I agree with the judge !!!

  2. Bob says:

    The Jewish Sabbath is on Saturday. Chabad would not answer calls on Saturdays.

  3. America says:

    People of these United States We have Freedom to chose of religion

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