[Sephardic Hebrew kah-pah-rah; Ashkenazic Hebrew kah-paw-ruh]
noun, plural kapparoth, kapparot [Sephardic Hebrew kah-pah-rawt] , kapparos [Ashkenazic Hebrew kah-paw-rohs] . Hebrew.
a ritual performed by some Orthodox Jews before Yom Kippur that consists of swinging a fowl around the head and reciting prayers that symbolically transfer the person's sins to the fowl.

kappārāh literally, atonement

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