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Some Laws of Covering the Head

Some Laws of Covering the Head


(1) One should not walk bare-headed (the distance of) four cubits1.

(2) Nowadays there is an additional prohibition, not only to walk a short distance, but even to sit in the house bare-headed2.

(3) It should be even worn during sleep at night3.

(4) Small children should also be raised to cover their heads4.

Shulchan Aruch Oracn Chayim, end of chapter 2.
Mogen Dovid (TAZ) one of the chief exponents of the Shulchan Aruch, and one of the Poskim Achronim (last codifiers), Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, ch. 8. (3)
Shaloh, quoted in Mishna Berura, commenting on Shulchan Aruch, ibid.
Mogen Avrohom, one of the chief exponents of the Shulchan Aruch, and one of the Poskim Achronim, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, end of chapter 2.
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October 22, 2014
Ever try to keep one on when you are asleep? It's silly. My rabbi held his in his hand when he took a speed boat ride. It wouldn't stay on, and he didn't want to feed it to the water. And what does that G'mora say, which quotes a man who didn't where one (tiztis), and his rabbi was fine with his reasons. Nothing like giving the whole story when you tell people they have to wear a keepa.

Paraphrasing: "I am not a member of an organized Religion; I'm a Jew."
January 14, 2014
Women and Head Coverings
It never became custom for women to wear kippahs. Why is that? Here are a few points to ponder:

a. Until quite recently no woman--Jew or gentile--would ever leave the house or entertain with her head uncovered. As such, there was no room for a custom to develop.

b. Married Jewish women do cover their heads. In fact, they cover all their hair with a wig, kerchief, or hat.

c. Not that some authorities (Rabbi Ovadia Yosef for one) require women to cover their heads while praying.

d. On a spiritual note, there are many actual mitzvahs that are not incumbent upon women. A number of them are there to give us concrete reminders of G-d. Women, it seems, have a natural awareness that does not need to be boosted by actions. Perhaps the kippah is similar
January 10, 2014
What don't women wear Yarmulkas? Thank you
Steven G Kidd
January 7, 2014
Re Yarmulke
A yarmulke or kipah is worn to symbolize Jewish men's recognition of G-d who Is above them. Please click on the links to the right of this article for more insights on this practice.
Mrs. Chana Benjaminson
January 6, 2014
Why the Yarmulka?
Not sure what the Yarmulka represents Sir. Thank you
Steven Kidd
August 3, 2013
Dear Rabbi Menachem
Well we do have a kabbalah but that i suppose is not the one (Thank you for the support [and i hope this is not the worst thing to do on Shabes] )
S. Daal
The Netherlands
July 31, 2013
RE: Dear Rabbi Menachem
Welcome back to your heritage. All you need to do is pick up a pair at your local Judaica store and start wearing them. When you put them on the morning you say the special blessing you can find at this link or in the prayerbook. Do you have one?
Menachem Posner
July 30, 2013
Dear Rabbi Menachem
I am a Jew from the Netherlands me and my family have not been very observant for two generations but we have kept vew traditions and have held most rules. Now I am deciding to become more observant as I'm becoming more aware of my Jewish identity now I want to know if you have to do something specific to wear a tzitzit.
S. Daal
The Netherlands
September 7, 2010
Yes, the souls are spiritual and the headcoverings are physical. Thus they create a physical representation of what we intend to do on a spiritual realm. Their presence serves to make us aware of that which we can neither see nor touch but we know is there.

About women and headcoverings, I like to think that the key is a simple one. The kippah serves to remind us of G-ds presence. Men and women are wired differently. Us men often forget to do the dishes, get flowers on special days and other things that make relationships special. Women, on the other hand, seem to always be aware of what their husbands' needs are and how to give to them in a gentle or sensitive manner. Our relationship to G-d is no different. While men need kippahs and other things to remind them of His presence, women seem to be innately more in tune with their Creator and His will.
Menachem Posner for
September 6, 2010
Dear Rabbi Menachem
Thank you very much for the informative and inspiring article.
Two questions please

How does the head coverings allow a person to connect to the souls hovering above the head? Just want to understand the process. As the souls are spiritual and the coverings are tangible?

Secondly why do women not need to cover their heads when they pray? I know married women do but what about single women.

I understand in Eastern traditions the crown area is very sensitive for both men and women? How does Judaism view the crown chakra?
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