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Kaporos for a Pregnant Woman


Q1. Does a pregnant woman need to do Kaporos on behalf of the fetus?

A. A pregnant woman uses two chickens and one rooster. She uses the plural formula to refer to all the fowl at once:

Eilu chalifaseinu, eilu temuraseinu, eilu kaparaseinu,
eilu ha-tarnagolim yeil’chu le-misah, va-anachnu neiliech le-chayim tovim aruchim u’le-shalom.


Q2. What about a woman who is pregnant with twins?

A. Regarding a woman who knows she is pregnant with twins – the custom is to use 5 chickens (3 females and 2 males).

See more here.


Q3. At what point in the pregnancy do you have to use extra chickens for Kaporos?

A. After forty days since conception.


Q4. Since we did IVF, we know the gender of the fetus, how many chickens should be used in such a case?

A. She should use a hen for herself and a chicken of the same gender as the baby.



ג. קודם למ’ יום – ה”ז כמיא בעלמא – וראה בארוכה במ״מ שבלינק כאן:

We just found out that we’re pregnant and no one knows yet, and we were offered Kvaterin. Can we accept? 

וכ״כ בנט”ג יוה”כ י, ג ובהערה ו’ שם.

ד. ראה קנה בושם ב, כ. ושם בנוגע לאולטרוסונד שאינו בבירור. משא”כ היכא שיודעת בבירור כמ”ש בתחילת התשובה שם.




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