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Kicking Off Yom Kippur With Chicken Dolls and Goldfish

Kicking Off Yom Kippur With Chicken Dolls and Goldfish
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Yom Kippur is one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar. The day of atonement is celebrated throughout the world, but its presence is more notable in some places. Below, scenes of neighborhoods in Israel getting ready for the High Holy Day with stuffed chickens, slaughter, gold fish and more. Photos by Reuters.


An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken stuffed toy over the head of girls as he performs a mock Kaparot ritual in the southern city of Ashdod, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Tuesday. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)



Goldfish swim in a plastic pool as ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys are reflected in the water while performing the Tashlich ritual in the southern city of Ashdod ahead of Yom Kippur. Tashlich is a ritual of casting away sins of the past year into the water. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)


Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wait as slaughtered chickens are being cleaned during Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood, ahead of Yom Kippur. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)


A ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy looks at the slaughtering of chickens during a Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)


Children watch as an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man performs the Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Keywords: Yom Kippur, Israel

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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