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Religious freedom does not justify animal sacrifice

To the editor: Nowhere in the Torah nor in Talmudic law is there a requirement to torture and slaughter chickens in order to perform the Jewish Kapparot ritual. Orthodox Jews recognize there is a compassionate alternative in the use of money rather than chickens for the supposed transference of...
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