kapparah

noun

kap·​pa·​rah
ˌkäpäˈrä,
käˈpȯrə
plural kapparoth or kapparot
ˌkäpäˈrōt(h),
käˈpȯrəs
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

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew, literally, atonement

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“Kapparah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kapparah. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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