Inspiring Torah from Rav Shlomo Aviner, Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim
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The Chayei Adam thus teaches us that it is preferable to perform Kapparot with money when the chickens are in cramped conditions, and there is a question about the Kashrut of the slaughtering. It is also possible to add the concern of "Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim" (causing distress to animals), since the distress that the chickens experience during their upbringing is compounded by their great distress before Kapparot. This is based on the insight of Ha-Gaon Rav Chaim David Ha-Levy: "And why particularly on the eve of the holy day do we need to be cruel to animals, without any need, and slaughter them without any mercy, at the time when we stand to request life for ourselves from the Living G-d" (Shut Aseh Lecha Rav vol 3, p. 67). In truth, however, there is no prohibition of "Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim" when a person uses an animal for a vital need, and a fixed custom of Israel is considered a vital need. Nevertheless, since there is the possibility for us to use money instead, and such a substitute is, as the Chayei Adam wrote preferable when there is a huge quantity of chickens to slaughter, it can be argued that performing Kapparot with a chicken is not a vital necessity and there is an actual a problem of "Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim."
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