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An atonement ritual done prior to Yom Kippur. Among certain hassidim, a live chicken (who metaphorically has had transferred to it the family’s sins) is swung around the head of its owner before being slaughtered . Today, some Jews swing a bag of money in a alternativeĀ kapparot ritual and give the money to charity as a sign of atonement.

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