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Kaparot 5778

Kaparot 5778



It is an ancient custom on Erev Yom Kippur (or the days in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to perform Kaparot with a chicken, or alternatively with money. The value of the chicken or the money is given to Tzedaka.



How to participate:

To participate, please follow the instructions below.


Step 1

Put the amount in an envelope and recite the following Prayer:

בְּנֵי אָדָם יֹשְׁבֵי חֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת, אֲסִירֵי עֳנִי וּבַרְזֶל: יוֹצִיאֵם מֵחֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת, וּמוֹסְרוֹתֵיהֶם יְנַתֵּק: אֱוִילִים מִדֶּרֶךְ פִּשְׁעָם, וּמֵעֲווֹנוֹתֵיהֶם יִתְעַנּוּ: כָּל אֹכֶל תְּתַעֵב נַפְשָׁם, וַיַּגִּיעוּ עַד שַׁעֲרֵי מָוֶת: וַיִּזְעֲקוּ אֶל אֲ־דֹנָי בַּצַּר לָהֶם, מִמְּצֻקוֹתֵיהֶם יוֹשִׁיעֵם: יִשְׁלַח דְּבָרוֹ וְיִרְפָּאֵם, וִימַלֵּט מִשְּׁחִיתוֹתָם: יוֹדוּ לַא־דֹנָי חַסְדּוֹ וְנִפְלְאוֹתָיו לִבְנֵי אָדָם: אִם יֵשׁ עָלָיו | מַלְאָךְ מֵלִיץ, אֶחָד מִנִּי אָלֶף, לְהַגִּיד לְאָדָם יָשְׁרוֹ: וַיְחֻנֶּנּוּ, וַיֹּאמֶר, פְּדָעֵהוּ מֵרֶדֶת שַׁחַת, מָצָאתִי כֹפֶר:


"Children of man who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, bound in misery and chains of iron—He will bring them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and will sunder their bonds. Foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings; their soul loathes all food and they reach the gates of death— they cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. He sends forth His word and heals them; He delivers them from their graves. Let them thank the Lord for His Kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man. If there be for a man [even] one interceding angel out of a thousand [accusers], to speak of his uprightness in his behalf, then He will be gracious to him and say: Redeem him from going down to the grave; I have found expiation [for him]."


Step 2
Turn the money around your head 3 times while reciting the following:

זֶה חֲלִיפָתִי, זֶה תְּמוּרָתִי, זֶה כַּפָּרָתִי. זֶה הַתַּרְנְגוֹל יֵלֵךְ לְמִיתָה [זֶה הַכֶּסֶף יֵלֵךְ לִצְדָקָה], וַאֲנִי אֵלֵךְ לְחַיִּים טוֹבִים אֲרֻכִּים וּלְשָׁלוֹם:


"This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. This money shall go to Tzedaka and I shall proceed to a good, long life and peace."

Repeat the above procedure 3 times


Step 3

Put the amount and/or the cheque in an envelope and send to one of the following addresses.

In Cyprus:


P.O. Box 42461, 6534 Larnaca, Cyprus


Friends of Chabad of Cyprus

642 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213 USA

In Israel:

ידידי חב''ד בקפריסין בישראל

ת.ד. 770 קרית מלאכי 83031

In the UK:


Mail a check: 


Make it out to:
British Friends of Jewish Community Cyprus
Charity Number:1148253
Bank Details: Sort code 40-07-15
Account No. 32146274 



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