By COLlive.com reporter
A Crown Heights landlord is helping to subsidize the Kapparos ritual in the Brooklyn neighborhood, reducing the costly price.
The ritual, that takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur, is performed moving a live chicken around one’s head three times, symbolically transferring one’s sins to the chicken.
Earlier this week, NCFJE (National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education) stated that the Kapparos chickens will be sold for $5 each, thanks to the yearly generous support of Morris Gad.
The average price for a chicken is $10.
The price will be further reduced to $4, NCFJE notified COLlive Tuesday morning.
This was made possible by Rabbi Dovid Fischer, a residential property owner who was ousted in 1994 from the local Jewish community council over a financial dispute.
Fischer, who remains a controversial figure, has approached the NCFJE and donated an undisclosed sum.
In a statement, NCFJE wrote: “The reduced price kapparos is made possible by Moshe Uri ben Malka and Cong. Anash – Montgomery Street” (owned by Fischer).
Speaking to COLlive, NCFJE chairman Rabbi Shea Hecht said: “I’m very grateful to Moshe Gad and Reb Dovid Fischer for their help in our service to the community.”
Kapparos will be held Wednesday, Sep. 23, from 2 PM – 9 PM at 824 Eastern Parkway.
The chickens will be slaughteres at David Elliot Poultry Thursday under the supervision of the CHK.