Photo by: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times
New York Times Monday September, 16 2002
Kapparot practitioners prepare to swing chickens in Chicago in 2004
Now Available from UPC! When the Chickens Went on Strike
By Erica Silverman and illustrated by Matthew Trueman. $10.00
One day during Rosh Hashanah - the beginning of the Jewish New Year - a boy overhears the chickens in his village plan a strike. They are sick of being used for Kapores, the custom practiced in his Russian village where live chickens are waved over everyone's heads to erase their bad deeds. "An end to Kapores!" the chickens chant as they flee the town.
This book is adapted from a story by Sholom Aleichem, the great Yiddish author best known for his tales which are the basis of the internationally acclaimed play Fiddler on the Roof.