The next morning, Yeshua’s father gathered his wife, four sons, and two daughters in the courtyard to practice the Kapparot ritual. Everyone received a newly stitched cotton handkerchief and two coins. “Tie the money into the handkerchief and swing it—like this!”
The children watched wide-eyed as their otherwise stern father swung the bundle over his head like a monkey. Even their mother giggled behind her scarf.
“Accept the coins, Lord!” Abba called up into the sky. “Gather them from me as payment for my sins.”
The children whirled their bundles with frenzy, especially Yakov, whose coins flew out of his hand not once but three times. And when they all agreed that God had accepted their plea, they walked through the town to offer their coins to someone in need.
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