Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DA Hynes cry "fowl" over campaign ad

'It’s time to beat kaporos,' says this ad depicting Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes and written in Hebrew, referring to a Yom Kippur ritual that involves slaughtering chickens.

The race for Brooklyn district attorney has turned into a zoo.
An ad depicting longtime DA Charles Hynes as a chicken set to be slaughtered before Yom Kippur has appeared online.
The ad states, in Hebrew, “It’s time to beat kaporos.”
Kaporos is an 800-year-old ritual in which Orthodox Jews wave a live chicken over their heads before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. In symbolic exchange for their sins, the chicken is later slaughtered.
A Hynes supporter, City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Flatbush), called the message “appalling.” Greenfield said the ad implies Hynes’ challenger Ken Thompson “wants to see Joe Hynes killed in the ritual tradition of slaughtering chickens.”
James Freedland, a spokesman for the Thompson campaign, said the ad was not “sanctioned” or generated by its staff.

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