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Where in the Tanakh is the subject of head-covering or hair-covering for females taught or hinted?

The Talmud in Ketubot 72a cites Numbers 5:18 as a Scriptural source/derivation: ראשה פרוע דאורייתא היא דכתיב ופרע את ראש האשה ותנא דבי רבי ישמעאל אזהרה לבנות ישראל שלא יצאו בפרוע ראש [Is not the ...
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Proper disposal of old kippot

Kippot do not have any inherent holiness to them and may be disposed in your regular trash. Sources: shaimos.org, Star-K
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Can I cut to my kippah to make it smaller?

A kippah is not a sacred garment. (The Star-K had found people putting worn-out kippahs in a disposal box intended for worn-out scrolls, which must be buried. So they had to mention that a worn-out ...
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

The goal is to cover the head. While it might be considered improper to wear a baseball hat in synagogue (though I have seen it) the religious obligation to cover the head would be fulfilled. In terms ...
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If one doesnt have a kippah should he make a bracha?

Yes he should make a bracha, but he should cover his head with his hand. [If he has any random material e.g. sleeve, that would be better.] 1 - There are opinions that say that one's own hand would ...
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Whose head covering takes precedence: mine or my wife's?

The answer to this question can have various outcomes all depending on what you hold regarding kippa and what you hold regarding a woman's head covering. There are shittos which hold that wearing a ...
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Halachic sources that say that Kippah is not obligatory

A responsum (Shu"t Zichron Yehuda # 20) of R. Judah Ben Asher implies that there is no obligation: וטוב הוא שלא לישב בגילוי הראש בשעת הלימוד למי שיוכל לסבול לפי שלימוד יותר באימה ולפעמים מפני ...
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Halachic sources that say that Kippah is not obligatory

Not anymore, but at times there were. That said, Hida (Birke Yosef, § 2) understands the Shulhan Aruch to say that wearing a head covering is a pious act and is not a strict requirement. Furthermore, ...
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The word Yamakah

According to Wikipedia, 'Yarmulke' is pronounced 'Yamakah'. Which means that Yamakah is a misspelling of Yarmulke.
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Can I wear tzitzit without having a kipa on my head?

Tsitsit is a Mitsva written in the Torah for men wearing some clothes fulfilling conditions of form and composition. Kippa is a custom linked to good character and humility. Both are excellent. As you ...
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Minimum kippah size

The first responsum in R' Moshe Feinstein's Igrot Moshe (vol. 1, OC 1:8) states that a kippah should cover the majority of one's head, although this is a chumrah [stringency] rather than an absolute ...
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Proper disposal of old kippot

user218076's answer is correct. But, as you also asked "What can I do with them?" you could donate them to a shul, esp. a Conservative or Reform shul. Depending on the kippa style, they may want some ...
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Picking up kippah that blew off on shabbat in karmalit

If a person who drops an item of clothing that he was wearing in the road (kippa, belt jacket etc.) on Shabbos he should:. 1. pick it up (akira) without moving outside 4 amos cubits(cubit is about ...
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Minimum kippah size

According to Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Ovadia Hadayah, the Kippah has to be visible from all sides (Shut Yaskil Avdi vol. 6, p. 292). Otherwise, it’s not called a covering. Likewise, Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Ovadiah Yosef ...
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Difference between a 4 or 6 piece yarmulke.

Well, when the kippah is made of four parts, it forms a "tzeilem" (a cross) on top and some people are very careful to not make a cross, because it represents years of persecution and it is also a ...
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Are bobby pins considered "Bigdei Isha"?

The Sefer Bigdei Ish (pp. 244-246) quotes that R. Chaim Kanievsky was asked whether it is true that the Steipler said that wearing a (bobby) pin in one's yarmulke is considered beged ishah, and R. ...
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

I don't see anything wrong with it, us Bukharian Jews always wore Islamic "kippahs" to cover our head, and we still do to this day. Bukharian kippahs are actually not Jewish at all, they were used by ...
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The word Yamakah

Yamaka or Yarmulke is actually a contraction of Yareh MiKah - יָרֵא מִקָה - i.e. to fear Gcd, the purpose of covering one's head, originally. Say Yareh MiKah a few times in succession and it will ...
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Outside of prayer/worship, where is it written that there is a requirement to wear a kippa?

Firstly in the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 2:6 it writes: אסור לילך בקומה זקופה ולא ילך ד' אמות בגילוי הראש ויבדוק נקביו It is forbidden to walk in an [overly] upright posture, and one should not ...
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What should one do if his kippah falls off during the Amidah?

The classical case cited in halachic sources is a siddur falling (see e.g., Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 18:9) R Eliezer Melamed writes (Peninei Halacha Hilchot Tefila 17:15) that one is permitted to ...
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Would it be okay to wear a yarmulke under a graduation cap?

Firstly, welcome to Mi Yodeya! To answer the question, yes, it is not at all unusual for someone to wear a hat or another type of covering over their yarmulke. It does not conflict with the halacha. ...
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What is the halachic source for wearing in a kippa

This was a originally a "middus Chassidus" in the time of the gemara. As time went on, in became a minhag of klal Yisrael and gained the status of a din, because everyone took it on. As explained ...
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Difference between a 4 or 6 piece yarmulke.

Take a plain piece of fabric, cut it in a circle, and try to get it to lay flat on your head. Unless you're super-flat-headed, it won't stay! Thus, many yarmulkas are made of multiple sewn parts -- ...
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wearing two hats at the same time-is that a probelem?

The Magen Avaham (OH 2:3) references Shaar HaKavanot of R. Hayyim Vital which states that one should not put on two items of clothes at the same time, as it can make one forget: ויזהר מללבוש ב' ...
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Showing support for jewish community by publicly wearing a Kippa while not being jewish?

Thank you for your question. One thing you have to ask yourself is, when you go out wearing your kippah on certain days, do people see you and remember that today's date is associated with the ...
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Since when was a kippah worn?

There were two approaches to covering one's head in the Talmudic times (200-400): as the sign of the status or the sign of piety. There's a story in the Talmud (Kiddushin 29a): משתבח ליה רב חסדא לרב ...
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Seeking articles on kippa styles

You might enjoy the following The Forward has a review of different kippa styles with explanations of who wears what The Pew Research Center has a study on how kippa styles relate to observance in ...
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Exercise-friendly head covering

http://www.5tjt.com/the-ultimate-sports-yarmulke/ I don't think this actually exists because they didn't get funding for it. But you can crib the idea and use a sweatband to trap the kippah in place, ...
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Is one allowed to have one's kippah resting on the straps of the shel rosh

Rav Dovid Feinstein can be seen wearing his yarmulka on in his tefillin straps: Video :https://youtu.be/Jd7hxgmqYQA In Sefer Daas Noteh, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, in footnote 15, notes that it may not be ...
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