• n. [The relatively minor mishap should be] an Atonement [for my/our/your sins, rather than something more serious.]

Example Sentences

  • "We were set upon by a swarm of angry bees on the last afternoon of the hike. We were each stung multiple times... his first reaction after we outran them was 'kapparah.' It was a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah and I told him his words were doubly appropriate."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Ladino


  • כפּרה

    • Who Uses This

      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      kappara, kaparah, kapparah


  • Different usage from the Yiddish kapore 'scapegoat'. The most common scenario when this is used is at a family meal or communal affair when dishes or trays fall with a loud crash. Everyone says Kapparah! And it is usually followed by a laugh as people are reminded that this is something Sephardic Jews say.

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