Word of the Day Kapara! A Short History of One of the Most Israeli Slang Words

Switch the emphasized syllable on a word meaning atonement, and you've got a term used by taxi drivers to show a little affection.

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The name for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur comes from the word “kapara.” When it means “atonement,” as it does when referring to the 2001 novel by Ian McEwan as well as to the one day of the Jewish calendar...