I imagine you’ve seen a Jewish person wearing a kippah at least once in your life. If you’re reading these words I guess your curiosity is aroused and you’re here for some answers – let’s begin…
By choosing to wear a kippah you express your decision to live a religiously observant life. According to the Talmud, a Jewish person should wear this head covering to be reminded of God, a Higher Authority who watches over his actions. The kippot also acts as dividers between the person and God’s Higher Presence above.
In ancient times, only the Kohanim (priests) that served in the Temple were required to cover thier heads. But over the years the custom spread to all Jewish men, as the Code of Jewish Law says: “It is forbidden to walk four cubits without a head covering.”
It’s accepted for most men to wear a kippah at the synagogue, during Jewish services, at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Jewish ceremonies and Jewish holidays. In some situations, such as while swimming and showering it’s not required to put it on. If you prefer, you may wear a hat instead of the traditional scull cap (even a baseball cap is considered O.K.). But, if you choose to do so, you should still put on the traditional kippah when going to the synagogue.
You may have heard the kippah being referred to as a yarmulke or scull cap – all these names refer to the same item. You also may have seen kippot of various shapes, sizes, designs and colors. This versatility is common and most accepted, it gives each person an opportunity to express his individuality.
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For most Jews the decision to wear a scull cap every day is a religious choice. Other Jews put it on only when making a blessing at home or at the synagogue.
You can learn a lot about a person by the scull cap he wears. For example, the big plain black kippot are usually worn byJews that live a more traditional conservative life, the small colored handmade kippot are often worn by Jews that are more liberal.