religious man holding a chicken over a girl's head whilst another man holds the girl who appears frightened

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over his daughter’s head as part of the Kaparot ritual in Bnei Brak, Israel. Observant Jews believe the ritual transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Tuesday.


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