Feature - Kapparot and Sukkot
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement for the Jews, takes place the ritual of Kapparot: to collect the year’s sins, a rooster is held above the head of the celebrant, who reads a special prayer, sometimes on a smartphone. The hen is slaughtered and its meat given to the needy and the poor as an act of charity.
Yom Kippur is followed by the ritual of Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles, when Jews remember the mythical crossing of the desert, by erecting a hut made of palm leaves.
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