The Kippah, or yarmulke in Yiddish, is the head-covering worn by Jewish men at all times. Jewish law requires that Jewish men cover their heads as a sign of honor and reverence of God. Although it is not an explicit law in the Torah, over the years it has become an accepted custom, which, according to most Halachic opinions, makes the Kippah mandatory.
Today there are many types of yarmulkes: knitted, velvet, terylene, satin, suede, and more. In fact, especially in Israel, many people like to associate themselves with a certain sect by choosing a certain Kippah. For instance, it is popular for Haredim to wear a black velvet Kippah, and for modern, Religious-Zionists to wear a knitted Kippah. Of course, there are exceptions, and some Haredim choose to wear a knitted Kippah or suede yarmulke, etc. For many people who are becoming religious, choosing the right yarmulke allows them to express themselves and take pride in their new-found religiosity.
Knitted Kippahs come in endless sizes, patterns and colors. For example, many people like the fact that these Kippot can be customized for people and children. By allowing the children to choose their own favorite Kippah, based on their favorite theme, some parents find that it nurtures a love for Judaism.
Black velvet Kippah can also be customized for children. For example, popular black velvet Kippah would have the name “Jerusalem” embroidered in colorful velvet thread against the black background. Another variation of this Kippah may have the child’s name embroidered above a drawing of a Jerusalem wall, in matching colors to the boy’s name.
Another type of Kippah that is lately gaining popularity is the Frik Kippah. These Kippot have roots in the Breslev Hasidic movement but are now popular worn by many. Many Breslever Hasidim wear a Frik Kippah with a sort of pompom on top.
Many guys, upon their wedding day, buy a yarmulke that will be worn for the first time on their special day. Such Kippot may be imprinted with the wedding date, the Hebrew name of the groom, a romantic quote from Song of Songs, and more. Similarly, many opt for a Shabbos Kippah. Such people may choose the same Kippah during the week, but on Shabbat wear a Kippah purchased specifically for this day. The Shabbos Kippah may have quotes that mention the importance of Shabbat, such as "Remember the Shabbat", or "Sanctify the Shabbos" and more. Some choose to match their Kippah to their Tallit prayer shawl and even to their Tallit Bags. World of Judaica offers matching Kippah and Tallit sets.
We at World of Judaica invite you to check out our selection of Kippot. To learn more about Judaism and Jewish beliefs, visit our education pages. If you have any other questions, Contact Us and we will be more than happy to answer your concerns.