Every morning we say a blessing thanking God for crowning Israel with splendor to reflect and replenish the fact that we wear a Kippah.
Kippah is a small head covering piece‚ a symbol of Jewish belonging and thus having different shapes sizes and materials according to affiliation. In Yiddish the word used for the traditional head covering is called Yarmulke or Yarmulke.
The practice of wearing a head covering‚ a Kippah‚ has its roots in biblical times when the priests in the Temple were instructed to cover their heads. Exodus 28:4 says: And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate‚ and an ephod‚ and a robe‚ and a coat of checker work‚ a mitre‚ and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother‚ and his sons‚ that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.
There is no requirement either biblically nor explicitly stated in the Talmud that every man covers his head all the time‚ yet through the ages it became an accepted Jewish custom for men to wear a head covering to symbolize their awareness of‚ and submission to‚ a ''higher'' entity and according to the majority of Halachaic authorities‚ makes it mandatory. One should‚ therefore‚ not walk or even sit‚ bareheaded.
The color‚ design and fabric of the Kippah is a sign of adherence to a specific religious movement thus you can find different types of knitted Kippot‚ the plural for Kipah‚ silk or velvet ones‚ and special Kippahs done by certain organizations or personalized Kippot. Of course there are Kippot done especially for children‚ size and design wise.
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