Definition of kapparah
1 : a symbolic ceremony practiced by some Orthodox Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur in which typically a cock, hen, or coin is swung around the head and offered in atonement or as ransom for one's sins
2 : sacrifice; specifically : something used as a symbolic sacrifice in the kapparah ceremony
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Origin and Etymology of kapparah
Hebrew, literally, atonement
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