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Kapparos or Kaparot ("atonements") is a traditional Jewish animal sacrifice that takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur. Classically, it is performed by grasping a live chicken by the shoulder blades and moving around one's head three times, symbolically transferring one's sins to the chicken. The chicken is then slaughtered and donated to the poor, preferably eaten at the pre-Yom Kippur feast Preferably, a man should use a rooster, and a woman should use a hen for the ritual. As the chicken (or money) is swung about the head, the following paragraph is traditionally recited three times:
This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. (This rooster (hen) will go to its death / This money will go to charity), while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace.

Location: Israel

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