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kapparah

[Sephardic Hebrew kah-pah-rah; Ashkenazic Hebrew kah-paw-ruh] /Sephardic Hebrew kɑ pɑˈrɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew kɑˈpɔ rə/
noun, plural kapparoth, kapparot
[Sephardic Hebrew kah-pah-rawt] /Sephardic Hebrew kɑ pɑˈrɔt/ (Show IPA),
kapparos [Ashkenazic Hebrew kah-paw-rohs] /Ashkenazic Hebrew kɑˈpɔ roʊs/ (Show IPA). Hebrew.
1.
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.
Origin
kappārāh literally, atonement
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