Friday, October 16, 2009


by One Hungry Jew

If you ever wondered, but were afraid to ask – those tiny beanie-like hats worn by Jews are called Yarmulke (pronounced Yamaka) or Kippah. The religious significance of this skullcap is it’s a way of demonstrating respect and reverence to God. Essentially you’re shielding your head from God’s direct view. I usually wear these hats on 5 occasions:

  • Passover (a Jewish dinner)
  • Funerals
  • Temple
  • Weddings
  • Bar Mitzvah (Jewish party celebrating a kid going through puberty)

As far as the design schemes go, mostly Yarmulkes come in the classic Jewish religion colors: blue, white, black and drab grey. However, it seems like the Kippah industry (like everything else) has had to change with the times. I think I first noticed it on the subway around 5 years ago. I saw two religious Jews (in the older teen age range) sporting Yankees symbols on their Yarmulkes. Today, it’s literally free for all in branding. Sites like Jewish Bride & More have Yarmulkes with the likes of…

  • Winnie the pooh
  • Snow White
  • Scooby Doo
  • Sesame Street
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants
  • And yes, Spidey.

So far I’ve noticed most of these crafted Kippahs run around $16 to $20 bucks. And yes, all are fully blessed, Temple-friendly and totally compatible with any Jewish ceremony.

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