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Do only Orthodox Jews wear kippot?

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August 12, 2015 6:30PM

Among non-Orthodox Jews, some wear a kippa while in synagogue and Hebrew school.


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Jewish males cover their heads with a kippa and/or a hat, as a reminder of the presence of God. This practice is twice mentioned emphatically in the Talmud (Shabbat 156b; Kallah 1:16), in statements dating back 1700 and 1850 years, respectively. Even then, covering one's head is spoken of as an established practice, not something new.
The Yiddish word for kippah, "yarmulkah," is a contraction of the Aramaic "yerei malkah": to be aware of the King.
Note that Jewish married women traditionally cover their hair (Talmud, Ketubot 72b). This is for the purpose of modesty - only her husband should see her beauty - since the hair is considered beautiful (Talmud, Berakhot 24a).

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August 12, 2015 6:28PM

Orthodox Jews will always wear a Kippa (Yarmulke) and/or a hat to cover their head. Others will typically wear a Kippa when they enter the synagogue or participate in other religious ceremonies.