Early Sunday morning, officers at the Beit Shemesh police station received a report on a suspicious Arab man in a Charedi neighborhood selling boxes of roosters and chickens.

The police officers located the suspect and began to investigate the circumstances surrounding his presence in the city. A quick check revealed that he was an illegal Palestinian infiltrator, a 20-year-old Palestinian resident of the Nablus region, and he was handed over for questioning.

Police investigators were surprised to discover his in-depth knowledge of Jewish law – as they discovered that he had come to sell roosters and chickens in the Beit Shemesh neighborhood ahead of Yom Kippur when it is customary to carry out the "Kaparot" ritual.

According to the ancient Jewish tradition, a rooster is swung around one’s head and is then slaughtered as an atonement for his or her sins. In modern times, many people use money that is put into a handkerchief and swung three times around his or her head while reciting: “This money shall go to charity, and I shall go to a good, long life, and to peace.... Read More: Arutz-7