Kippah / Yarmulke Buying Guide
For most Jewish men, Kippahs (or Yarmulkes) are an essential part of their wardrobe. Although not mentioned directly in the Bible, the custom of wearing a kippah has its source in the ancient Jewish practice of the Kohanim (priests) wearing head coverings while ministering in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Identified as a symbol of reverence and devotion, the custom of wearing a kippah was adopted during Talmudic times by the Rabbis as a pious custom and as a way for the wearer to express their honor and fear of God. Since then, the kippah has become almost universally embraced by Jewish men worldwide and many wear them throughout the day while others wear them solely when attending synagogue services, studying Jewish texts, reciting blessings or performing other religious rituals.
Based on a traditional mystic teaching that the female soul is more in tune with spirituality and feels a closer attachment to God than the male soul, the kippah was never a required head covering for a woman to wear. Nevertheless, the last 50 years has seen a rise in the number of women wearing kippahs, particularly among the more liberal Jewish denominations.
A universal symbol of the Jewish faith, the kippah is available in a wide variety of styles, attesting to the wearer's ethnic origins as well as their identification with a specific Jewish denomination. For instance, the large colorful and floral kippahs were traditionally worn by the Bukharian Jews of Central Asia while velvet kippahs are worn by those belonging to the Ultra-Orthodox community. At Judaica Webstore, we have dozens of kippah styles for you to choose from. Whether you want a kippah bursting with color or one with more subdued tones, a large kippah that will cover your entire head or a smaller one, we are sure that you will be happy with what you find.
One of the most popular kippah styles in Israel is the knitted kippah. Traditionally identified with the Modern Orthodox and Religious Zionist community, the knitted kippah has recently gained popularity with men and women of varying religious observance. We offer a wide variety of knitted kippahs, including those boasting solid vibrant colors as well as those featuring colorful geometric designs. For a knitted kippah large enough to rest comfortably on your head without clips, check out our selection of Frik Kippahs, based on the kippahs worn by Breslover Chasidim.
Satin Kippahs and Silk Kippahs
A traditional staple of the American synagogue experience is the satin kippah, with its glossy veneer and elegant appearance. At Judaice Webstore, we offer a wide variety of satin kippahs, including classic plain ones as well as those boasting stylish designs. Alongside our satin kippahs, we also offer silk kippahs, made from poly silk and raw silk, that feature painted and embroidered scenes of nature, Jewish themes or geometric designs. Within this selection, we also offer a wide variety of kippahs for women that prefer more feminine designs.
If you enjoy bold and lustrous designs to stand out with, take a look at our modern kippahs. Essentially, this collection is comprised of the best and most loved designs with something for every person at any age. Many kippahs keep to tradition by incorporating Jewish symbols while also integrating modern aspects into it, whether it be the fabric used or the adorning multicolored threads. With over 100 diverse options, you never know what you'll stumble upon and love!
Featuring elegant floral designs and bursting with color, Bukharian kippahs are the special head coverings worn by the Jews of the Central Asian Emirate of Bukhara. Made to fit your entire head, these embroidered kippahs are a beautiful expression of the unique Bukharian Jewish culture and will make a wonderful addition to your wardrobe.
Express both your Jewish identity as well as your support for the State of Israel with our wonderful collection of patriotic kippahs! Boasting traditional Star of David designs as well as Israeli flags and IDF insignias, these kippahs will make a great gift and are perfect for wearing on Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and any other day you wish to display your love for the Jewish State.
Traditionally, boys begin wearing kippahs at three years old, as they approach the start of their Jewish education. For young children, they are going to want something comfortable and colorful as they get used to this Jewish tradition. Children's Kippahs come with cute designs featuring the Aleph-Bet (the Hebrew alphabet), colorful dots, cars, and traditional styles perfect for their little heads.