What are Kippahs?

Posted on June 24 2016

A kippa, kippah or yamaka is a brimless cap or skullcap, made of cloth. Kippas (kippot in Hebrew) are worn by Jews to fulfill the customary requirement held by Orthodox authorities that the head be covered at all times.

The tradition to wear a kippa is not derived from the Bible itself. It is a custom which evolved as a sign of the Jewish recognition that there is someone “above” who watches every act.

Most synagogues and Jewish funeral services keep a supply of kippas ready for the temporary use of visitors who have not brought one themselves.

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