Yarmulkes on sale in Jerusalem, June 2004

Yarmulkes on sale in Jerusalem, June 2004


But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Messiah is Yahweh. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonors her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven. For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame to a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled. For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of Elohim: but the woman is the glory of the man.



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A yarmulke (Yiddish יאַרמלקע  yarmlke) or Kippah (Hebrew "כִּפָּה" kippah, plural kippot) is a thin, usually slightly rounded cloth cap worn by Jews. Yarmulkes range in size from 6" in diameter to 9 1/2" (150 mm to 240 mm) or larger.

Traditionally it was worn only by men (women covered their heads more completely with scarves, hats, or wigs), but in modern times the push for equality between the sexes in the practice of Judaism has led some women to wear yarmulkes. Some Jews only wear yarmulkes while praying, making blessings, or studying Jewish religious texts; more traditional Jews wear yarmulkes the entire day, making sure not to walk more than four cubits without a head covering (especially outside).

Often, the color and fabric of the yarmulke can be a sign of adherence to a specific religious movement. The Israeli Religious Zionist community is often referred to by the name kippot srugot כיפות סרוגות, literally "woven yarmulkes," though they are typically crocheted. Similarly, some Haredi sects are referred to by the name kipot shkhorot ,כיפות שחורות literally "black yarmulkes"; their yarmulkes are usually sewn of black fabric, often larger than kippot srugot, and sometimes covered by a hat.


The etymology of yarmulke is unclear. Some linguists (e.g. Max Vasmer) maintain that the Yiddish word is derived (via Ukrainian or Polish) from the Turkic yagmurluk, meaning 'rainwear'. Other linguists (e.g. Herbert Zeiden) regard this hypothesis as untenable but still believe a Turkic origin is likely, suggesting that the first part of the word may come from yarim, a Turkic adjective meaning 'half', while the second part may come from qap, a Turkic word for 'cap', 'shell', 'enclosure', or 'container'.

Traditionally, yarmulke is considered to have originated from the Aramaic phrase "yarei mei-elokah" (in awe of Eloah), in keeping with the principle that the yarmulke is supposed to reflect someone's fear of heaven. Or perhaps, "yira malkah" (fear of the King).

In Hebrew, the word kippah means dome.


The late Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik of Yeshiva University (N.Y., USA) wearing a typical black cloth yarmulke
The source for wearing a yarmulke is found in the Talmud. In tractate Shabbat 156b it states Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you. As well, in tractate Kiddushin 32a it states Rabbi Huna the son of Rabbi Joshua never walked 4 cubits (2 meters) with his head uncovered. He explained: "Because the Divine Presence (Shekhina) is always over my head." While there is a minority opinion that wearing a yarmulke is a Torah commandment, most halakhic decisors agree that it is merely a custom, though one that has taken on the force of law. This is codified in the Shulkhan Arukh Orach Chayim 2:6.

Reasons given for wearing a kippah today include:

1. recognition that ELOHIM is above us,
2. acceptance of the 613 mitzvot (commandments),
3. identification with the Jewish people.


Yarmulke  Judaism 101

The most commonly known and recognized piece of Jewish garb is actually the one with the least religious significance. The word yarmulke (usually, but not really correctly, pronounced yammica) is Yiddish. According to Leo Rosten's The Joys of Yiddish, it comes from a Tartar word meaning skullcap. According to some Orthodox and Chasidic rabbis I know, it comes from the Aramaic words "yerai malka" (fear of or respect for The King). The Hebrew word for this head covering is kippah (pronounced key-pah).

It is an ancient practice for Jews to cover their heads during prayer. This probably derives from the fact that in Eastern cultures, it is a sign of respect to cover the head (the custom in Western cultures is the opposite: it is a sign of respect to remove one's hat). Thus, by covering the head during prayer, one showed respect for G-d. In addition, in ancient Rome, servants were required to cover their heads while free men did not; thus, Jews covered their heads to show that they were servants of G-d. In medieval times, Jews covered their heads as a reminder that G-d is always above them. Whatever the reason given, however, covering the head has always been regarded more as a custom rather than a commandment.

There is no special significance to the yarmulke as a specific type of head covering. Its light weight, compactness and discreteness make it a convenient choice of head gear. I am unaware of any connection between the yarmulke and the similar skullcap worn by the Pope.


Should we cover our heads today with such a device?  Are we under the Levitical Priesthood or are we under the Melchizedek Priesthood?  This is what must be determined by everyone who would dress accordingly and practice either.  If we are still under the Levitical Priesthood, then we must ask who is the High Priest?  Where is the Temple?  Where are the animal sacrifices?  Where are the Levites? 



High Priests' Garments

And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and bound it to him with it. And he placed the breastplate upon him: and in the breastplate he put the Urim and the Thummim. And he set the mitre upon his head; and upon the mitre, in front, did he set the golden plate, the holy crown; as Yahweh commanded Moses.  Leviticus 8:6-9



Levites' Garments

And they made the coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons, and the mitre of fine linen, and the goodly headbands of fine linen, and the linen breeches of fine twined linen, and the girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, the work of the embroiderer; as Yahweh commanded Moses.

Exodus 39:27-28



From the same as H1389; a cap (as hemispherical):—bonnet.


 BDB Definition:
1) turban, head-gear 
Part of Speech: noun feminine
 A Related Word by BDB/Strong's  Number: from the same as H1389
 Same Word by TWOT Number: 309c
Total KJV Occurrences: 4
  bonnets, 4
Ex 28:40, Ex 29:9, Ex 39:28, Lev 8:13


The Leviticial priesthood has been replaced by the Melchizedek priesthood.  The physical by the spiritual.  The Sanhedrin will once again establish the former temple ways when it takes power in Israel very soon.  The priesthood of the OT will be re-established.  There will be  a High Priest.  There will be sacrifices.  Why?   Because they have yet to accept Yahshua as the true and only Messiah.  Because of this, Israel (and for the most part so will the world) will accept the man of Sin as the Messiah.  He will sit in the re-built temple giving himself as Elohim.


Once again!  There is no commandment in Torah or the Holy word of Yahweh that tells any minister to wear a head covering in this era.  This idea came from Talmud.  The Levitical Priesthood has been put aside, and the Melchizedek Priesthood has taken its place.  1 Corinthians 11:4 

The physical temple worship replaced by the spiritual worship of Almighty Yahweh!  John 4:23-24



Yours in Yahshua, Hawke



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