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Kapparot: The Yom Kippur Tradition of Chicken Twirling

A mother, father, son and daughter. The father holds a rooster over the son's head.

For some 1,000 years, many Ashkenazi Jews have observed the same ritual every Yom Kippur Eve — waving a chicken over their head. From the start, the practice was controversial among rabbinical scholars, and even today, it continues to ruffle feathers. (Sorry, couldn't resist).

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