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Fund anti-Kapporos as Chickens book

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Raised by 3 people in 22 months
Yonassan Gershom  SANDSTONE, MN
My name is Rabbi Yonassan Gershom.    I am an Orthodox Hasidic Jew who opposes using live chickens for the Kapporos ritual held before Yom Kippur.  I just finished writing and publishing a book called Kapporos Then and Now: Toward a More Compassionate Tradition, in which I present many reasons why we should use money instead of chickens for this ceremony.  I am raising money to print and distribute free copies to Orthodox rabbis, Jewish  publications, and animal wefare/rights activists to promote this cause.  This is entirely a self-funded, voluntary project; I have no congregation or other organization supporting me.    

On the surface, my task in writing this book would seem easy: Explain to animal rights people the reasons why some Orthodox Jews use chickens in a religious ceremony, and explain to Orthodox Jews why animal rights people find this offensive and cruel in modern times.  But there is much more to it than that.  Beyond this specific ritual lies a vast chasm between two very, very different worldviews. 

         On both sides of the issue I have found sincere, caring people who, in all good faith, believe in what they are doing.  But at the same time, each side is appallingly ignorant of the other.   Could I possibly write a book to bridge the gap?  I beleive that I have done so, and that this bok will help t save the lives of many suffering chickens.  Please help me distribute it.

Visit my blog, JewishThoreau.com, to learn more about me.

Shalom u"vrachah -- peace & blessings!
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Update 3
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
12 months ago
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I am working on an ebook version -- not easy, since Kindle & Epub do not handle footnotes well, It might have to be PDF. Will keep you posted.
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Update 2
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
15 months ago
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Stopping the use of chickens as Kapporos requires education all year round, not just at High Holy Days time. I will continue to send free copies to rabbis who promote this ritual, but on my very low fixed Social Security income i need YOUR help to pay for it. $10 prints and sends one book. Please donate today :)
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Update 1
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
19 months ago
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So far I have raised $170, which enables me print 20 copies and send them to various rabbis, libraries, and orgs, including to Rabbi Shea Hecht, spearhead of the pro-Kapporos campaign in Chabad-Lubavitch. (I have not gotten any reply from him. I don't really expect one. But who knows? Maybe he will read it and have an epiphany. At least he knows about the book.)

A very nice review of the book by multicultural educator Karima Bushnell is on Amazon -- check it out!

Meanwhile, continue to pass the word and if you have read the book, please consder reviewing it wherever you hang out :)
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$170 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 22 months
Created June 4, 2015
Yonassan Gershom  
$100
Anonymous
20 months ago
$50
Anthony O'brien
22 months ago
LW
$20
Laurie Welch
22 months ago

I read your blog and love your writing. Your posts on this issue last year were very well done. I wish you very well on this project!

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