Yarmalka

Meaning & Reasoning behind Yarmulka (AKA: Kipah)

Posted on October 16, 2009. Filed under: Jewish traditions, Jewish vocabulary, Kipa, Kipah, Kippa, Kippah, Uncategorized, Yamulka, Yamulke, Yare Malka, Yarmalka, Yurmalka, Yurmalkah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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We found the following fascinating article from our friends at AskMoses.com:

Do you know the origin of the Kipah or Yarmulkah?

by Mrs. Yehudis Cohen

A “Yarmulka” (Also Known As: “Kippa”) refers to a Head-covering worn by Jewish Males. It serves as a constant reminder of existence of a Higher Being (meaning: G-d).

The word “Yarmulka” comes from the Aramaic “Yarei Malka” which means: “Fear (or Awe) of the King (meaning: G-d)”. It is a symbol of humility and submission to the Divine.

It is a very ancient custom which has become accepted practice among Jews. The Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) rules that a male may not even sit without a head-covering.

Another article which answers a fascinating and everlasting question:

“Can I take off my kipah under certain circumstances?”

which was found at: http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/536,1672264/Can-I-take-off-my-kipah-under-certain-circumstances.html

[The parts in brackets were added to help us better understand the meaning of some of the vocabulary]

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I’ll be with you in a moment…What’s on your mind?

not sure: why do men have to wear a Yarmulka [A “Yarmulka” (Also Known As: “Kippa”) refers to a Head-covering worn by Jewish Males. It serves as a constant reminder of existence of a Higher Being (meaning: G-d). The word “Yarmulka” comes from the Aramaic “Yarei Malka,” which means: “Fear of the King (meaning: G-d)”. It is a symbol of humility and submission to the Divine (G-d)] at all times? if one wants to be religious does it have to be worn?

not sure: if its to remind us that G-d [It’s forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It’s therefore, Customary to insert a dash in the middle of G-d’s name, allowing us to erase or to discard the paper which it’s written-on, IF necessary] is above, is it still needed if one is aware of that even when not wearing one?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: when we wear a reminder on our head that is not because we don’t believe so inside. It is to reinforce what we believe, and turn it into an action.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: in other words, the question would be similar: should someone wear a wedding ring even if they know they love their husband inside?

not sure: can a man be religious if he doesn’t wear one?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: what is religious? it is a made up term 🙂

not sure: to be religious is to keep the laws of the Torah, [Torah is G-d teaching to man. In general terms, we refer the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah”. But, in truth, ALL Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah] most importantly Shabbos [Also known as Shabbat” with its plural: “Shabbatot”. It’s the Hebrew word meaning of “Rest”. It’s a biblical commandment to sanctify & Saturday which is the Final & seventh day of the week as describe in the Torah. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in 6 Days, G-d rested on the Seventh] and Kosher [Literally means: “Fit”. It’s commonly used to describe foods which are permitted for consumption in-accordance with Jewish dietary laws, BUT, it’s also used to describe religious articles (such as Torah Scroll or a Sukkah) which meet the requirements of the Jewish laws as described in the Torah.]

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok — that is one definition of religious. A more common definition of religious is someone who follows ALL the laws of Judaism which includes wearing a Kipah [Also known as a Yarmulka. It’s also sometimes, spelled as any of the following variations: “Kippah” or “Kipa”, “Kippa”. Its plural is: “Kippot”. It refers to a Head-covering worn by Jewish Males. It serves as a constant reminder of existence of a Higher Being (meaning: G-d). It is a symbol of humility and submission to the Divine (G-d).] But hey, if you are not ready to wear a kipah, don’t let that stop you from eating kosher or keeping Shabbat

not sure: what i want to know is if its as important as the other laws?

not sure: when it comes to laws instituted by the rabbis, are they as important as laws from torah?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: For most practical purposes a law from the Rabbis needs to be adhered to like a law from the Torah. After all it is the Torah that says follow the laws of the Rabbis. In certain cases a rabbinic law can be more lenient.

not sure: in the case of a Yarmulka?

not sure: i wear a Yarmulka, but at work and if I’m in a club, i would take it off

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: the question is, if you really love G-d, why would take off the Yarmulka in certain places

not sure: so as not to have people look at Jews in a bad way

not sure: for example, if I’m at a club its not appropriate

not sure: and at work i don’t want to stand out, i don’t want to be judged just from wearing a Yarmulka

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: if you are in a club its not appropriate?

not sure: not really, so thats why i would take off my kipah

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: are you saying that it is not appropriate for you to be there

not sure: it is not, however i enjoy it and would like to go, so I take of my kipah so pl don’t know I’m Jewish

not sure: therefore its no longer not appropriate to be there

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: aha — so in G-d’s eyes it is not appropriate. So you will put G-d (the kipah which reminds you and others that G-d does not want you there) in your pocket, and at the same time you will tell me you don’t need the kipah because you love him without it?

not sure: wow, i never thought of it like that

not sure: its needed so as not to be in that situation where u would take it off

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: bingo!

not sure: 🙂

not sure: thank you

not sure: you really brought some clarity to me

not sure: thank you for your time

not sure: have a wonderful day!

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: my pleasure – and keep doing the right think, you bring clarity to the world

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A Kipah (AKA: Yarmalkah)!!!

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: Clean Jewish Jokes, Clean Jokes, Jewish Jokes, Kipah, Kippa, Kippah, Uncategorized, Yare Malka, Yarmalka, Yarmalkah, Yarmulke, Yarmulkes | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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A Kipah (AKA: A Yarmalka)!!!

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On a Northwest Airlines flight from Atlanta , GA , a well attired middle-aged woman found herself sitting next to a man wearing a kippa (“yarmulke” in Yiddish which is short from “Yare Malka which that means: “Awe for the King” – The G-d A-l-mighty who is The King of the World”).

She called the attendant over to complain about her seating.
“What seems to be the problem, Madame?” asked the attendant.

“You’ve sat me next to a Jew!! I can’t possibly sit next to this strange man. Please find me another seat!”

“Madame, I will see what I can do to accommodate,” the attendant replied, “but the flight is virtually FULL today and I don’t know IF there is another seat available.”

The woman shoots a snooty look at the snubbed Jewish man beside her (not to mention the surrounding passengers).

A few minutes later, the attendant returned and said: “Madame, the economy and club sections are FULL, HOWEVER, we do have 1 seat in First Class.”

Before the lady had a chance to respond, the attendant continued: “It is only on exceptions that we make this kind of upgrade, and I had to ask permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that no-one should be FORCED to sit next to an UN-PLEASANT person…”

The flight attendant turned to the Jewish man sitting next to her, and said:

“So if you’d like to get your things, SIR, I have a comfortable seat for you in First Class…”

At this point, the surrounding passengers stood up and gave a standing ovation while the Jewish man walked up to the front of the plane.

The lady then, said indignantly: “The Captain  MUST have made a mistake!!!”


To which the attendant replied: “No Ma’am! ‘Captain Cohen‘, NEVER makes a MISTAKE!”

PS:

Also, please feel FREE to read our explanations on Yarmalka / Kipa which is as follows:

https://fyisavesu.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/meaning-reasoning-behind-yarmulka-aka-kipah/

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By the way, You, too, can help hasten the coming of Moshiach, by doing ONE more Mitzvah. ***

*** We WANT Moshiach, Now!!! ***

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