Virtual Kaparot - Chabad Shul of Closter
« Back to Chabad Shul of Closter

Virtual Kaparot

  • It is an ancient custom on Erev Yom Kippur (or the days in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) to perform Kaparot with a chicken, or alternatively with money. The value of the chicken or the money is given to charity.

  • Step 1 - Recite the following prayer:

  • "Children of man who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, bound in misery and chains of iron - He will bring them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and will sunder their bonds. Foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings; their soul loathes all food and they reach the gates of death - they cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. He sends forth His word and heals them; He delivers them from their graves. Let them thank the Lord for His Kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man. If there be for a man [even] one interceding angel out of a thousand [accusers], to speak of his uprightness in his behalf, then He will be gracious to him and say: Redeem him from going down to the grave; I have found expiation [for him]."

  • Step 2 - Turn the money over your head while reciting the following:

  • "This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. This money shall go to Tzedaka and I shall proceed to a good, long life and peace."

  • Step 3 - Repeat steps 1 & 2 two additional times

  • Step 4 - Donate the value of the money online


  • $0.00
  • Credit Card
    Billing Address
  • Should be Empty:
Secure This page uses TLS encryption to keep your data secure.