A kippah ( kih-PAH; also spelled as kippa, kipa, kipah; Hebrew: , plural: kippot; Yiddish: koppel or ) or pronunciation) is a brimless cap, usually made of cloth, worn by male 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, and according to Pewforum.org, up to 82% of the people who wear kippot identify as Orthodox. Most synagogues and Jewish funeral services keep a ready supply of kippot.
Yarmulke (properly pronounced YAHR-mul-keh, but often shortened to YAH-mi-koh, YAH-mi-keh, or YAH-mi-kee) is the common Yiddish word for the head covering worn by Jewish males.
Now, there are other words that can be used to refer to this beanie-like cap. In some communities, particularly those in the UK, the Yiddish word koppl (“little cap”) is preferred. And many English-speaking Jews are most familiar with the Hebrew term, kippah (“dome”), which has been in use since Talmudic times, when it referred primarily to head coverings worn by women.1
And what does yarmulke mean? The boring answer is that it is just the generic Slavic word for “skullcap,” which Eastern-European Jews borrowed from their non-Jewish neighbors (jarmułka, for example, is how you’d say it in Polish).
Prince William‘s final day in Israel was a poignant one.
On Thursday, he made a solemn visit to the Western Wall, carefully placing a prayer in the ancient stones and laying his right hand on them in quiet reflection. He wore a yarmulke, or Jewish head covering, as a sign of respect.
He also laid flowers at the tomb of Princess Alice, the mother of Prince Philip, at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem’s Old City on the last day of his historic visit to Israel — the first official tour of the country by a member of the British royal family. Princess Alice is held in special regard for saving a Jewish family from the Nazis by offering them shelter at her palace in Greece.
Pharrell Williams was the surprise celebrity guest model at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art in Paris this morning, joining a star-studded casting that included Cara Delevingneand Lily-Rose Depp. There is still one question hovering in the air about his runway appearance: What exactly was he wearing on his head? The headpiece seemed to resemble a yarmulke or a kippa, the traditional skullcap worn by Jewish men—or at least a very high-fashion version of one. With the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah less than three weeks away, that assumption wouldn’t be too far off, though Williams has never publicly aligned himself with Judaism—in an interview with British GQ Style back in 2013, he described himself as a “Universalist.”
It’s not the first time this year that fashion brands have paid homage to religious garb—Dolce & Gabbana has added hijabs and abayas into its repertoire while H&M featured a hijab-wearing Muslim model in one campaign. Nor is it the first time that Chanel has shown an unexpected accessory on the runway. There’s no word yet on whether the high-fashion yarmulke will be heading to production or not; either way, it’s a fashion statement that’s sure to turn heads.
Justin Bieber was seen wearing Kippah or Yarmulke. Kippah is worn at all times by observant Jewish men, sometimes women. So, Is he practicing Jewish? no, he is not. He is Christian.
He was just attending the Jewish wedding of his musical director in Toronto over the weekend
I tried to play it cool. Here I was, this lanky Jewish kid in high tops and a yarmulke, standing before the king of pop. I took in his famously eccentric attire, the fedora and the bodyguards. “Are you Michael Jackson?” (I figured it was a good opener.) When he responded that he was, I went straight for the gold, asking him for his autograph. He politely obliged, scribbling his moniker on a cardboard comic book protector I had hastily grabbed off a nearby table.
Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His father, Kálmán Seinfeld (1918–1985) was of Hungarian Jewishdescent, and collected jokes that he heard while serving in World War II. His mother, Betty (née Hosni; 1915–2014), was of Syrian Jewish descent; her parents, Selim and Salha Hosni, were from Aleppo.
Britain’s Prince Charles celebrated the official induction of the UK’s new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mervis, Sunday by wearing a personalized yarmalke bearing his official crest.
The Prince of Wales –who was the ceremony’s guest of honor– is the first member of the royal family to attend an installation of a chief rabbi, and he did so in style, with his blue velvet ceremonial skullcap adorned with the Prince of Wales’ feathers.
During his induction speech, Mervis addressed the Prince’s presence directly, saying, “It is not just an honor for me personally, but an honor for our entire community. It is a reflection for the passion you have to work with the faith communities in this country.”
The royal Kippah has made appearances in the past at various other Jewish related events and ceremonies.
Mervis replaced outgoing chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who served in the position for twenty two years.
They were talking about it in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn yesterday. Bearded men in dark coats under a hot sun, men known for their deep spiritual values, their belief in education and hard work, their pride in self-reliance.
They were all Hasidic Jews, and they were talking about President Reagan's decision, announced Wednesday, to add them to a list of minority groups considered ''disadvantaged'' by the Government.
The list already includes Hispanic people, blacks, Indians and other groups that are considered by the Government to have encountered severe economic problems because of discrimination.
The designation means the Hasidim are able to apply for Federal assistance in running businesses. They will also be eligible for programs that set aside work for minority-group businesses.
The designation took effect immediately. Greeted With Hope
Obama appeared at the funeral of Shimon Peres in kippah because it was a symbolic act of American-Israeli relations and alliance. This step under a pretext of a deep respect to Peres indeed meant the American adherence to support of Israeli policy and approval of its actions in a period complicated for their bilateral relations especially after Irani nuclear deal.
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