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Why Jews Wear A Yarmulke

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It is an ancient practice for Jews to cover their heads with a yarmulke (kippah) during prayer. This probably derives from the fact that in Eastern cultures, it is a sign of respect to cover the head (the custom in Western cultures is the opposite: it is a sign of respect to remove one’s hat). Thus, by covering the head during prayer, one showed respect for G-d.

The Talmud says that wearing a yarmulke is to remind us of G-d, who is the Higher Authority “above us” (Kiddushin 31a). What we do can change who we are and wearing a symbolic, tangible “something above us” reinforces the idea that G-d is always watching. The yarmulke is a means to draw out one’s inner sense of respect for and awareness of G-d.

Whatever the reason given, however, covering the head has always been regarded more as a custom rather than a commandment. Although it is a common pious practice to cover the head at all times, it is not religiously mandatory. For example, it is widely accepted that one may refrain from wearing a yarmulke at work if your employer requires it (for reasons of safety, uniformity, or to reduce distractions). You can take off your yarmulke for a job interview if you think it will hurt your chances of getting the job.

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