August 17, 2017 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #1341345JosephParticipant
Because you’ll be more conspicuously Jewish.August 17, 2017 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #1341429ChortkovParticipant
Goodness, Joseph, you do ask for trouble.
So – you’ll probably agree that a huge green and purple knitted Yarmulka is better than a velvet black one, right?August 17, 2017 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #1341431TheGoqParticipant
What’s under the yarmulke and whats in the heart is more important than the size of the covering.August 17, 2017 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #1341432mw13Participant
If being conspicuously Jewish is your goal in Yarmulke selection, wouldn’t a colorful Yarmulke stick out more than a black one?August 17, 2017 8:44 pm at 8:44 pm #1341462iacisrmmaParticipant
I prefer a bigger kippah to cover the bald spot.August 17, 2017 8:53 pm at 8:53 pm #1341480DaMosheParticipant
I remember R’ Bender speaking about Jewish levush. He said it’s like one sign of a kosher animal – the split hooves. It’s the external sign of being a Jew. An animal needs both signs, internal and external, to be kosher. We have a term for having only the external sign – pig feet, or in Yiddish, chazzer fissel (did I get that right?). If you have only the dress, but don’t live the Torah way, it’s worthless. I still can hear his voice in my head – “LOOK AT ME!!! I’M KOSHER!!! With the black hat, and the white shirt and black jacket – you’re like the pig showing that he thinks he’s kosher! Without the inside, you’re nothing!”
Joseph, you can wear the biggest kippah, but when you’re rotten inside, you’re like a pig showing off its hooves.August 17, 2017 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm #1341492gavriel613Participant
A bigger cappel is hiddur mitzva, like a bigger esrog. The point is to remind you about Hashem, so the bigger it is the more it reminds you, hence it is a hiddur.
If it looks nice its Zeh Keili ve’Anveihu. Probably a black velvet one is better i this respect than “a huge green and purple knitted” one.
But of course the most important thing is that it should have a rim. Joseph didn’t ask about the importance of the rim because its so blindingly obvious.August 18, 2017 12:54 am at 12:54 am #1341598
Should we assume other things equal? Because larger kippas tend to be the knitted ones.August 18, 2017 6:58 am at 6:58 am #1341669yudelParticipant
Reb Yaakov Kamenetsky, Z”L responded to a bochur in Torah Vodaas when asked can I wear a yarmulke the size of a soda cap?, if not why not?
Rev Yaakov responded, the yarmulke covers the “saichel”, each one decides how much saichel they have.
YudelAugust 18, 2017 9:35 am at 9:35 am #1341716takahmamashParticipant
Troll – as usual.August 18, 2017 9:44 am at 9:44 am #1341739
If bigger is better, does that count even if the size of the yarmulke is larger than the wearer’s head?August 18, 2017 10:14 am at 10:14 am #1341748
But where do you get big yarmulkas?
I currently wear a size 8. I ordered two size 9 from an online judaica store, but they turned out to be size 7, falsely advertised as size 9. When I complained to the store, instead of letting me return them for a refund, they responded that “buying kippas is ‘tricky'”. I would post the name of the store, but I suppose that would be lashon hara.
I’m thinking of either getting some kippas custom made by a tailor, or figuring out to make some myself.August 18, 2017 11:47 am at 11:47 am #1341829iacisrmmaParticipant
DovidBT: Is the size 8 too small for you? I prefer to wear a size 8 and it fits my head comfortably . I have noticed that sizing is different depending on the manufacturer.August 18, 2017 3:46 pm at 3:46 pm #1342540
iacisrmma: My size 8 kippa doesn’t stay in place very well, and I prefer not to use clips. I thought that a larger one might work better. And I would be more conspicuously Jewish.August 18, 2017 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #1342602LubavitcherParticipant
Bigger Kappel Mor e yires shamayimAugust 22, 2017 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm #1345389
“Bigger Kappel Mor e yires shamayim”
That goes along with being more conspicuously Jewish.
As Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai said to his disciples, “May it be [G-d’s] will that the fear of heaven shall be upon you like the fear of flesh and blood.”
Berachos 28bAugust 22, 2017 9:12 pm at 9:12 pm #1345396
If you want to be more conspicuously Jewish, there are other ways to do that. An overly large kippah is not the the best way.
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