Transferring sins

Ultra-Orthodox Jews perform the Kaparot ceremony ahead of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="12014005" title="Yom Kippur" href="/topic/religion-belief/yom-kippur-12014005.topic">Yom Kippur</a> in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100602011282" title="Jerusalem (Israel)" href="/topic/international/israel/jerusalem-%28israel%29-PLGEO100100602011282.topic">Jerusalem</a>, Israel. The Jewish ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which this year will start on sunset on September 25.

( Getty Images / September 23, 2012 )

Ultra-Orthodox Jews perform the Kaparot ceremony ahead of Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, Israel. The Jewish ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which this year will start on sunset on September 25.

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