Is there a spiritual meaning to wearing a Kippah? Why does G-d what our heads covered? Is it a sign that we are under a "covering" from G-d?

  • possible duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/751/759
    – Double AA
    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:38
  • as the possible duplicate question dealt with the halachic basis and history, can this question be reworded to focus on the spiritual meaning (which is alluded to but not made central) in the other question. The answer would bring up one of the etymologies of Kippah, which is kafuf, bent over and submissive. No doubt the question would also call for an explanation of the velvet vs. srugah vs na nachman vs paper.
    – rosends
    Jun 18, 2012 at 15:11
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    ba, a story recorded in the Gemorah does not tell you if the story is true or not. There are numerous agadatot that never happened, such as the guy who rode 64 horses by standing on their backs with two legs spread 64 mil across. (or something like that)
    – avi
    Jun 18, 2012 at 16:59
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    @ironman99 The title and the question don't exactly match, and I'm not sure what you are asking exactly. As it is, I would answer that "Gd does not want our heads covered, but Jewish society does."
    – avi
    Jun 18, 2012 at 17:01
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    @avi: true, not every story in the Gemara is meant to be taken literally. However, when it is not, one or another of the commentaries will point that out; with this story of R. Nachman bar Yitzchak, there is (TTBOMK) no such comment.
    – Alex
    Jun 18, 2012 at 17:34

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According to jewfaq:

It is an ancient practice for Jews to cover their heads during prayer. This probably derives from the fact that in Eastern cultures, it is a sign of respect to cover the head (the custom in Western cultures is the opposite: it is a sign of respect to remove one's hat). Thus, by covering the head during prayer, one showed respect for G-d. In addition, in ancient Rome, servants were required to cover their heads while free men did not; thus, Jews covered their heads to show that they were servants of G-d. In medieval times, Jews covered their heads as a reminder that G-d is always above them.

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