To Kippah or Not to Kippah
By Jonah Doctura | 2016
A kippah (/kɪˈpɑː/ ki-PAH; also spelled as kippa, kipah;
Hebrew: כִּיפָּה, plural: כִּיפּוֹת kippot;
Yiddish: קאפל koppel or יאַרמולקע Yarmulke) is a brimless cap, usually made of cloth, worn by Jews to fulfill the customary requirement held by orthodox halachic authorities that the head be covered. It is usually worn by men in Orthodox communities at all times. Most synagogues and Jewish funeral services keep a ready supply of kippot.
EX. 28:1-4 -- The answer after all, is indeed in the Torah. The concept of a head covering was actually formalized with the priestly garments of Israel. The Sons Of Aaron, first Cohanim HaGadol/High Priest and the Levi'im/Levites were the ones appointed as the Cohanim/Priests. They were to represent Elohim to the people, but also the people to God. Such a holy service was not to be taken lightly, and called for special garments.
Among this holy attire was the turban. The Hebrew word "mitznefet" comes from the root "to wrap," implying that this was a turban-style of head covering.
What did this turban symbolize? The same chapter of Exodus states that the head covering of the Cohen HaGadol was to be embellished with the words "Holy to the L-RD," Ex. 28:36-38. Clearly, this mitznefet (hat) was to be a reminder that the Father is characterized by the Attribute Of Moral Perfection.
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