- Title: Israeli Jews wave chickens and empty pockets to prepare for Yom Kippur
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: JERUSALEM (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) ORTHODOX JEWISH MAN HOLDING CHICKEN AS PART OF JEWISH RITUAL AHEAD OF YOM KIPPUR HEAD OF CHICKEN, CHILD RECITING RELIGIOUS TEXT CHICKENS AT MARKET MAN WAVING CHICKEN OVER GIRLS HEAD WHILE PRAYING (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEWISH WORSHIPPER, HAIM GOBIOFF SAYING: "Every year before Yom Kippur, during these ten days of repentance that we are currently in, we have the opportunity to transfer many of our sins so to speak after a thorough repentance onto either a chicken or onto money, give it to charity, and with that we'll atone for much through a proper repentance, and that's what's going right behind me." ORTHODOX JEWS WAVING CHICKEN OVER HEADS WHILE PRAYING CHILDREN LOOKING ON FROM BEHIND FENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEWISH WORSHIPPER, HAIM GOBIOFF SAYING: "These chickens are treated with utmost respect. The chickens are then slaughtered and given to poor free charge, and there is no greater good deed that you can do than to give charity in the form of fresh chicken to the poor right before the high holidays." MAN WAVING CHICKEN OVER THE HEADS OF CHILDREN CHICKEN BEING HELD IN FRONT OF CHILDREN JEWISH ORTHODOX MEN BUYING CHICKENS AT MARKET TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ORTHODOX MEN PRAYING BY SEA (SOUNDBITE) (English) 22-YEAR-OLD WORSHIPPER, LAWYER, SAGYH LARIA, SAYING: "We need to throw our sins to the sea." ORTHODOX MAN PERFORMING 'TASHLICH' CEREMONY BY SYMBOLICALLY EMPTYING HIS POCKETS OF SINS INTO THE SEA MEN PRAYING WOMAN STANDING ON THE BEACH NEXT TO LYING MAN VARIOUS OF ORTHODOX JEWISH MEN IN PRAYER HOLDING HANDS AND WALKING IN CIRCLE SUNSET
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 15:25
- Keywords: Yom Kippur Jewish day of atonement rituals religion
- Location: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/ JERUSALEM
- City: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/ JERUSALEM
- Country: Jerusalem
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03MB0N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israeli Jews on Monday (October 7) waved chickens over their heads and emptied their pockets into the Mediterranean in a set of rituals traditionally carried out ahead of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur.
Orthodox Jews perform the rituals to cleanse themselves from sin ahead of Yom Kippur, or 'day of atonement', which begins Tuesday (October 8) at sundown.
In Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim, people took part in a custom called 'Kapparot' by waving a live chicken over their head. The act is thought to purge the believer of their sins by symbolically passing them onto the animal.
In Tel Aviv, some orthodox Jews performed the 'Tashlich' ceremony where people empty their pockets into a running source of water, symbolically casting their sins out to the sea.
(Production: Illan Rosenberg, Rami Amichay, Elana Ringler, Roleen Tafakji)
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