• Many people in North America, Israel and other areas of the world associate the kippah, or head covering, with Judaism. Only those unfamiliar with Judaism would not associate the kippah with this religion. There are various reasons why Jewish men wear the kippah, both at home and in public.


    The wearing of the kippah originated from the writings of the Talmud. Historians believe it was first worn in the 2nd century CE to show respect to God.

    Tractate Shabbat

    In the Tractate Shabbat, the kippah is a sign of fear and respect of God. The kippah can also be used to remind the wearer that a separation always exists between man and God; that is, that there is something "between" the two.


    Some Jewish men refrain from wearing the kippah in places such as schools, courtrooms or workplaces because of fear of ridicule, unfair treatment or physical harm. Others do because they are simply uncomfortable with displaying an outward religious symbol.

    Social Significance

    Jewish men wear kippot (plural of kippah) to denote that they are religious people. The absence of the kippah in some Jewish communities denotes that a person is not religious.


    The construction of the kippah can also have significance. A large, black, smooth kippah denotes affiliation with Classical Orthodox Judaism; while the knitted kippah is often seen in National Zionism.


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