Pronunciation: ( Seph.kä-pä-rä'; Ashk. kä-pô'ru), [key]
—pl. -roth, -rotPronunciation: ( Seph.-rôt'), [key] -ros (Ashk. -rō s). Hebrew.
a ritual performed by some Orthodox Jews before Yom Kippur that consists of swinging a fowl around the head and reciting prayers that symbolically transfer the person's sins to the fowl.
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