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  • Toby Knobel Fluek :
  • Shlogn Kapores

    Shlogn Kapores

    shlogn kapores

    A ceremony for repentance. This was done the morning before Kol Nidre. What made this prayer so different was that a chicken was used as a scapegoat symbol. As my sisters and I said the prayer for forgiveness for our sins, Surcie would swing the chicken over our heads. Later my parents gave charity to the poor. Father brought the shochet (kosher slaughterer) from the next shtetl by horse and buggy. All the Jewish housewives brought their kapores ("sacrificial fowl") to our farm to slaughter the same morning for the feast before Yom Kippur.

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