Chacham Ovadia Yosef: Use Caution By Kapporos


chachamovadia.jpgAt his weekly Motzei Shabbos Shiur, Chacham Ovadia Yosef Shlita warned that people should use caution when doing Kapporos with chickens. His concern is that a Shochet who is Shechting thousands of chickens, can be using a Chalif (knife) which may not be perfectly smooth – making the chicken Treif.

He also mentioned the Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch who says that “one should refrain from doing Kapporos – just to bring out his strong warning. He called on those who wish to perform the Kapporos Minhag with a chicken to do so early to prevent overloading the Shochtim, and “also to go to Shochtim who are Yirei Shomayim.”

NOTE: Even though the Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch makes that statement regarding the Minhag of Kapporos, it must be noted that Sephardim still in fact do the Minhag Kapparos.


  1. BS”D

    With all the good intentions of Dan LeKaf Zejut especially a few days before Yom HaDin, I just want to mention that the “Note” may lead to misunderstandings as a Ketzat Bizayon to the Sephardic Community for going against the Minhag. We know that many times we (both Sephardim and Ashkenazim) perform deeds against the Halacha since somewhere along the way that was the Minhag adopted for specific reasons beyond our understanding, and it’s not for us to challenge those minhagim. Tizku LeShanim Rabot