We take a look at the Tashlich ceremony and the Kaparot ritual performed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith.
In pictures: Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur
The day of atonement marks the end of the Jewish high holy days. The rituals and ceremonies along with prayer and repentance, performed for Yom Kippur, are an attempt for people to change their fate.
Kaparot ritual in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel
Observant Jews believe the ritual transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year.
Tashlich ceremony, in Netanya, Israel
Tashlich, which means “to cast away” in Hebrew, is the practice in which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically “throw away” their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.