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No one will doubt your faith when you're wearing a handsome Kippah, either in everyday life or during special occasions. The Kippah, which is also referred to as a yarmulke or yamaka, has a long history in Judaism and is a marker of Jewish faith and reverence to God.

The ancient practice of wearing a Kippah to cover the head during prayer goes back throughout the ages. Many followers of Judaism opt to wear the yamaka during prayers, while studying religious material, or when making a blessing, and opt not to wear it at other times—while others wear it at all times, following the strict guideline of walking no further than four cubits without a covering on the head.

Kippot (the plural form of Kippah) were worn by men only, with women opting to wear a head covering, hat, or scarf instead. Nonetheless, in modern times, women sometimes opt for wearing a Kippah instead. The practice of wearing a yamaka traces its existence to the Talmud, where followers are told: "Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you."

When Should the Kippah Be Worn?

Where and when a Kippah should be worn depends on the wearer and his beliefs. In some Orthodox Jewish populations, Kippot are worn regularly, all the time, whenever the wearer is attending to their daily activities beyond the synagogue as well as inside the synagogue during religious services. Some more conservative Jews wear the Kippah during formal or special occasions, such as at Bar Mitzvahs and holiday dinners. Ultimately, whether or not a Kippah should be worn is a choice that boils down to personal opinion and the customs in the religious community that the wearer belongs to.

Choosing Your Kippah

When selecting a Kippah to suit your own needs and personality, keep in mind that there are a number of options to consider. Most Ultra-Orthodox followers of Judaism tend to wear a black velvet Kippah, sometimes with a fedora. Almost certainly wearing a black velvet Kippah will make a big statement of the investment you have in your faith.

Velvet, crocheted, leather and satin Kippot are typically worn by traditional followers. Colorful or white yamaka options are more modern and they sometimes imply a more contemporary outlook on the Jewish faith. For the lowest level of faith observance, such as while saying brakhot or attending services, followers usually select a white or black silk Kippah.

Measuring for your Kippah

Kippot come in a range of sizes, and finding the perfect fit is the only way that you can be assured that you're comfortable wearing yours. To measure for the perfect size, you'll need to take a soft measuring tape and measure around your head at the temples, just about an inch above the eyebrows. Common Kippah sizes include size 6 (19 inch circumference), size 7 (22 inch circumference), and size 8 (25 inch circumference.) Many times when we provide the description of the kippah we publish its diameter. In such cases, to calculate your diameter divide circumference by 3.14 (Pi).

Kippot for Kids

Parents will be surprised to find a large selection of Kippot for children when shopping for these head coverings. Modern manufacturers make a variety of different designs that appeal to children, including those that are shaped and decorated like a baseball or basketball for the young Judaism follower who is in to sports. Knit yamakas with scenes from Jerusalem are also popular. There are also Kippot with the Star of David at their center that are popular with both young and old followers alike.

Shop now to find the right Kippot for every member of the family, or buy in bulk for special occasions, including Bar Mitzvahs and funeral or memorial services. We also have special kippah clips for windy occasions!