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ASHDOD, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 6 2011: An Ultra-orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken above his family's head during the Kaparot ceremony in Ashdod, southern Israel on Thursday October 6, 2011. The jewish ceremony ritual involves taking a chicken and waving it above ones head to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. It is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar.