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Kaparot ritual

A man walks by cages of chickens in a lot on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. During the 10 days of the Jewish High Holy Days, some Jews ask forgiveness by symbolically transferring their sins to a chicken that is then slaughtered. Demonstrators recently led a protest of the practice, which is called kaparot, kapparot or kaparos, saying it is a cruel custom that has no place in the modern world. Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times