It is customary to give increased charity on Erev Yom Kippur as charity helps to
repeal any evil decrees.
Kaparot is an ancient and mystical custom designed
to imbue people with a feeling that their very lives are at stake as the holy Yom Kippur
The kaparot ceremony symbolizes our sins crying out for atonement, and as a reminder that
our good deeds, charity and repentance can save us from the penalty our many sins deserve.
In its original form, a chicken (a white rooster for a male, hen
for a female) was taken and waved over ones head while reciting proscribed
verses which can be found in the Yom Kippur machzor (special prayer book). It was
customary to then redeem the kaparot for money, which was given to charity.
Today though, most communities prefer to place the chosen sum of money in a white cloth
napkin and give it to charity following the ceremony.
How Do I Use The Virtual Chicken?
1. Print out the virtual
2. Glue to a piece of cardboard or oaktag
3. Cut out the shape of the chicken and the handle
4. If you have kids or grandchildren - let them color it in
5. Attach a plain envelope to the chicken with a staple (please be careful to monitor children handling scissors or staplers)
6. Place your Pidyon Kaparot in cash, your charity pledge card or a simple note of intent
in the envelope.
7. Follow Kaparot instructions as found in Yom Kippur Machzor.
8. Make sure to make good on your pledge!!
May We All Be Inscribed In The Book Of Good Life And
Gmar Chatima Tovah
The OU Cyber Staff