A Manhattan judge has approved the performance of the age-old minhag of Kapparos. The minhag was the subject of a lawsuit earlier this year, with a group called the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos seeking to stop it from being performed on public streets this year, Gothamist reports.
The suit’s plaintiffs argued that Kapparos covered the streets of Brooklyn with “stench, litter, blood, feces and feathers,” and begged the court to order a cease and desist against the practice – Kapparos’s proponents, meanwhile, argued that it was within their religious freedom to hold such an event.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James sided with the pro-Kapparos group yesterday, though she didn’t address the religious freedom argument. Instead, she ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to show the practice was a health risk.