Shedding your sins with a chicken or money before Yom Kippur

Kapparot is a custom in which the sins of a person
are symbolically transferred to a chicken or money.

It is done by shortly before Yom Kippur.


Hold the money in your hand and say 3 times

בְּנֵי אָדָם יֹשְׁבֵי חֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת, אֲסִירֵי עֳנִי וּבַרְזֶל: יוֹצִיאֵם מֵחֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת, וּמוֹסְרוֹתֵיהֶם יְנַתֵּק:

אֱוִוילִים מִדֶּרֶךְ פִּשְׁעָם, וּמֵעֲווֹנוֹתֵיהֶם יִתְעַנּוּ:
כָּל אֹכֶל תְּתַעֵב נַפְשָׁם, וַיַּגִּיעוּ עַד שַׁעֲרֵי מָוֶת:

וַיִּזְעֲקוּ אֶל אֲ-דֹנָי בַּצַּר לָהֶם, מִמְּצֻקוֹתֵיהֶם יוֹשִׁיעֵם:
יִשְׁלַח דְּבָרוֹ וְיִרְפָּאֵם, וִימַלֵּט מִשְּׁחִיתוֹתָם:

יוֹדוּ לַא-דֹנָי חַסְדּוֹ וְנִפְלְאוֹתָיו לִבְנֵי אָדָם:
אִם יֵשׁ עָלָיו מַלְאָךְ מֵלִיץ, אֶחָד מִנִּי אָלֶף, לְהַגִּיד לְאָדָם יָשְׁרוֹ:

וַיְחֻנֶּנּוּ, וַיאמֶר, פְּדָעֵהוּ מֵרֶדֶת שַׁחַת, מָצָאתִי כפֶר:

Say this 3 times while swinging the money
over your head three times

זֶה חֲלִיפָתִי, זֶה תְּמוּרָתִי, זֶה כַּפָּרָתִי
. זֶה הַכֶּסֶף יֵלֵךְ לִצְדָקָה, וַאֲנִי אֶכָּנֵס וְאֵלֵךְ לְחַיִּים טוֹבִים אֲרֻכִּים וּלְשָׁלוֹם



Hold the money in your hand and say 3 times

Children of man who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, bound in misery and chains of iron

He will bring them out of darkness &
the shadow of death & will under their bonds.

Foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways
& their wrongdoings; their soul loathes all food
& they reach the gates of death.

They cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. He sends forth His word & heals them;
He delivers them from their graves.

Let them thank the Lord for His kindness & [proclaim]
His wonders to the children of man.

If there be for a man [even] one interceding angel out of a thousand [accusers], to speak of his uprightness in his behalf, then He will be gracious to him and say:
Redeem him from going down to the grave.
I have found expiation [for him].

Say this 3 times while swinging the money
over your head three times

This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation.
I shall proceed to a good, long life & peace.


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