Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Kaparot Service

The Kaparot Service
Day: Tuesday
Date: September 27, 2016
Parshat: Nitzavim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 605

The custom to do Kaparot has been accepted among almost all Jews. It is an ancient custom dating back to the days of the Geonim (approximately years 590-1040). Ideally white chickens should be used. A rooster is used for men and boys and a hen is used for women and girls. For a pregnant woman the custom is to use two hens and a rooster, one hen for herself, and the others so that whether she is having a boy or girl the child will be covered. One who cannot afford separate chickens for each person can use one chicken for entire family. If one is doing the Kaparot service for others he should do it for himself first and afterward for the others. While doing the Kaparot it is important to think about Teshuva and that everything that will happen to the chicken should really happen to him but because he is doing Teshuva HaShem will save him. If one is keeping the animals at his home he must ensure to feed them daily before he himself eats.

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