Politicians and Yarmulkes

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3 Responses

  1. Eliezer Barzilai says:

    Rav Moshe Feinstein notes in his first responsum in Orach Chayim that there are two reasons for wearing a Yarmulka; to show awareness of and respect for Hashem’s presence, and to reinforce our cultural separateness from the gentile world. The latter limits the former; if we were to require head covering for non-Jews, it would no longer function as a distinction.

  2. Victor says:

    I have never seen a non-Jewish worker wear a kippa in a shul. What’s the difference? I would venture that the people that took issue don’t wear kippas themselves.

  3. Mo says:

    Excellent piece !

    There was a similar case recently with Russian President Putin.

    I would rather have a gentile with pride in who he is, who doesn’t wear one, but acts positively toward us, than one that allows it to be pushed on him as window dressing, and then acts detrimentally, G-d forbid.

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