Australia has taken COVID-19 very seriously. Borders were closed in March and the coronavirus death count in the country of 25MM people is just 870, thanks to their mitigation efforts.
Melbourne has borne the brunt of those efforts with lockdowns and heavy restrictions on gatherings.
On the day before Yom Kippur, the most holy and solemn day in the Jewish calendar, many Jews have the custom to perform Kaparos. That consists of gently passing a chicken over your head three times as we ask G-d to substitute any punishment intended for us to go to the chicken in our place. The chicken is then ritually slaughtered and donated to charity.
With the ritual nearly impossible to perform due to COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, one local philanthropist and pilot, Moishe Gordon, decided to take things into his own hands.
He took several chickens up for an hour long, low altitude ride over Melbourne’s Jewish community. The symbolic Kaparos ceremony was meant to uplift the community’s spirit.
And here’s the reaction from locals on the ground:
Well, that’s one creative way to do it and it looks like the mission to bring a smile to people’s faces was certainly successful.
May we all be inscribed and sealed for a year of happiness, health, and peace, filled with unmasked blessings.