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Jewish kippah : why is it needed and how to choose the right one.

Jewish kippah : why is it needed and how to choose the right one.

Jewish kippah : why is it needed and how to choose the right one.

According to the Pentateuch, the Cohen must to conuct religious service with his head covered. Shulchan Aruch, a code of Jewish laws, prohibits Jewish men from walking more than two meters with their heads uncovered.Historians attribute the beginning of an ancient tradition to the times before the First Temple. Then the head was covered for purely practical reasons: so that during the service the sun would not got a touch of the sun.
Over time, the tradition was added by religious meaning. Bowing before the Lord, a Jew expresses his obedience to him. So the tradition arose to use the prayer coverlet – Talit. Then he got an alternative – a Jewish hat.

There is another hypothesis of the appearance of a headgear, which is classify to the time of the capture of Judea by Alexander Great. Since that time , the Hellenic culture сovered the Jewish land: literature, sports, theater and more. Many indigenous people had willingly accepted it , while others categorically remained faithful to the traditions of their ancestors. To emphasize their orthodox views, they began to wear a Jewish hat that distinguished them from pro-Hellenic Jews.

When to buy a Jewish kippah

The boy receives his first hat as soon as he learns to walk. Until he turns 13, his parents teach him the rules of wearing , being forward their following.
These rules differ depending on the religious trend:

• The Orthodox Jewish do not take off their kippot, demonstrating their devotion and willingness to serve the Almighty every minute of their lives.
• Conservative Jewish wear it during meals, prayers, various services and blessings.
• Reformists Jewish wear a kippah at their wish, not considering it a mandatory attribute of faith.

Types of Jewish kippot

The law does not limit the Jew in color, size and material of the kippah. Only its presence is important, which distinguishes it from others, emphasizes its origin and religiosity. But historically, some religious groups prefer to wear a kippah of a certain type. In fact, it has become part of the uniform that distinguishes them not only among other people, but also among Jewish.

The following rules have been tacitly accepted:

• Hardalniks wear large monochromatic kippah decorated at the edges with a knitted contrasting pattern;
• Noar Guaots prefer kippot of huge sizes, coarse knitted, covering the entire head;
• Hutsniks prefer a small dark suede fabric;
• Black Kippots wear only knitted black;
• Haredims (ultraorthodoxes) – black cloth or velvet;
• Breslav Hasidims (na-nah) – white knitted, decorated with a tassel;
• Habadnikis – only from black fabric;
• Shabatniks – miniature knitted, a half shekel size.

In some concessions, for greater piety during prayer, the kippah is covered with an additional Jewish hat or a praye coverlet – the Talit.
The classic kippah is heavy enough to stay on your head without additional mounts. Kippah from fabric have to be fixed with hairpins, but not in all religious movements this method is considered acceptable.

Which kippah to choose

On our site you can find a kippah for every taste. Here are wide viriety of kippots from different fabrics that are entirely handmade. Ask the store manager via the feedback form and select the attribute that is suitable for you, which will always be at its highest quality.

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