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I remember learning (but don't remember where) that men are required d'rabbanan to cover their heads at least when saying b'rachot, but practically speaking people just cover them all the time. (That makes sense; you never know when you're going to experience something that calls for an unplanned b'racha.) I was talking tonight with somebody who thought wearing a head-covering is strong minhag but not halacha, and he asked me for a source. I said I didn't know but I know a place to find out.

What is the actual halacha for when men have to cover their heads, is it d'rabbanan as I remember learning, and what is its source?

(The topic came up because he's shopping for a school for his oldest child and he's found schools with different policies about kippot.)

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  • "Minhag Yisroel Torah Hi." – ezra Jan 11 '18 at 1:47
  • @ezra yes, but is that how this happened, or is this independently required per halacha? – Monica Cellio Jan 11 '18 at 1:48
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    I don't think the question is quite a duplicate (the other asks where in torah it says to wear a kippah), but the answer there goes beyond the question and answers mine, so I'll mark as a dupe. Thanks @ezra for finding it for me. – Monica Cellio Jan 11 '18 at 2:09