Alternative Spellings

kapparot, kapores, kaporos, kaparos, kapparot


  • Ritual performed between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to remove sins carried out by swinging a chicken over ones head.

Example Sentences

  • "There were protests against kapparot sweeping across the country."
  • "will be subsidizing the cost of Kaporos chickens for Crown Heights Community. The chickens will cost only $10." (http://crownheights.info/psa/401318/tonight-10-chickens-for-kaporos-in-two-locations/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


Singular kapore, kapora - can mean "scapegoat," "punishment."

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