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Last year I was at the international softball tournament and I noticed that players from Israel took off their baseball caps during the other teams anthems (as is common courtesy), but kept them during their own national anthem.

I have wondered about it for a long time.

  • Were the sportsman obligated to remove their hats to observe the custom of the others?
  • Did they keep their own hats out of a personal choice, or a religious obligation?

I'm concerned that this question might be inappropriate for this site or unanswerable at all, but I am really curious about it.

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Your question maybe is being downvoted because it's being read péjoratively. I presume they kept the hats because the way of their nationality understands that covering the head is important. Their time - their rules. – Zachariah Oct 8 '12 at 13:53
I am sorry, if it's being read that way, I didn't want to be offensive in any way. I am not a native English speaker, so it's probably misunderstanding. I did some research about head covering generally and I think I see the point, so I will vote for deletion as this question is probably off-topic on this site. Thanks for response. – jpesout Oct 8 '12 at 19:32
Your question itself is about Jewish life, so it's reasonable it may be on-topic. I won't speculate about why the downvote. – Zachariah Oct 8 '12 at 19:55
I think it's interesting, but, sadly, off-topic. – Seth J Oct 10 '12 at 2:58
@SethJ, wouldn't "is this a Judaism thing?" be very much on topic? – Isaac Moses Oct 10 '12 at 4:17

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