Many Jews tend to wear black yamalkas and that seems to be the widespread custom among Yeshivish, Modern Orthodox, Chasidic and Haredi Jews.

It seems that Breslover Chassidim have the custom to wear white yamalkas with a different style and knitting:

white, knit yamalka that is shaped to fit over the entire head

What is the reason for this custom?

  • breslevcity.co.il/… Feb 2, 2015 at 19:08
  • @GershonGold, you could translate that link as an answer. :) Google translate doesn't always do a good job (dpaste.com/3PMJ8BG#wrap).
    – Ani Yodea
    Feb 2, 2015 at 19:11
  • It only explains why it is done on Shabbos. I do not think it answers your question completely. Feb 2, 2015 at 19:17
  • I don't think it's accurate to say that wearing a black kippah is "the widespread custom" among Modern Orthodox. In Israel, the Modern-Orthodox subset of the dati leumi tend not to wear black kippas, because a black kippah is associated with charedim. In the US, black kippas are pretty common among the Modern Orthodox, but other colors are also very common.
    – Kordovero
    Feb 2, 2015 at 23:20
  • That's a Yerushalmi kippah with "Na Nach" modifications Feb 2, 2015 at 23:55

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Probably because, according to Breslov tradition, Rebbe Nachman's own kippah was of a similar style and color. Here is a photograph reputed to be of Rebbe Nachman's kippah:


Note that many Breslovers wear a white kippah of that style, but without the "Na Nach" slogan. (The vast majority of Breslovers are not adherents of the "Na Nach" sub-group within Breslov.) Others, probably the majority of Breslov chassidim, wear black kippas.


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