Kippot

Question for Jewish women:

Ok so I recently obtained a kippah (I’m a girl) and part of me Really Wants To Wear It (for a lot of different reasons that I’m not gonna get into right now) but another part of me worries that it’s too political or like. That it’d be seen as some sort of statement, and while I’m absolutely a feminist that’s not really something I’m trying to do. 

Anyway, I have 2 questions: 

1) Do you wear one? 

2) Regardless of your answer, how do you feel about women wearing kippot?

peculiarleah  asked:

What are your thoughts on women wearing a kippah?

I took a class a couple years ago on contemporary Jewish issues, fittingly named “Contemporary Jewish Issues.” One of our many contemporary issues under discussion was the kippah. The rabbi/professor explained to us that because women have a constant (or at least monthly) reminder that our bodies are influenced and (benevolently) governed by Hashem’s power, we have no need to wear a separate article of clothing to do the job. 

But that didn’t sound just right to me, considering the fact that not all of the men who wear the kippah that I know do so to tie their corporeal experience to Hashem, nor do all of the Jewish women I know menstruate or have ovaries (and some of the men I know do; does that mean that they shouldn’t wear the kippah?). Like all retroactive explanations for ancient traditions, that rabbi’s explanation should be taken with a grain of salt. Many men I know who wear the kippah want to feel connected to Hashem, to be reminded of their membership in Am Yisrael, to drive them to behave in a way that they feel should represent Jews. If a woman wants to wear a kippah for all of those reasons and more, both in and outside of the synagogue, I can’t see how even the most stringent of rabbis could oppose it on halachic grounds.

I should mention, too, that in the Orthodox synagogue I grew up in, it was very common for married women to wear a kippah in lieu of a doily, hat, or wig to cover their hair while in the sanctuary. If a non-married woman put on a kippah, I don’t think anyone would have given her any trouble for it.

thelostprincessfaith  asked:

My synagogue (a conservative synagogue) required all males, jewish or not, to wear kippahs during services. The only time goyim really ever attended was for bar and bat mitzvahs but it was still required out of respect.

That was pretty much the same with me growing up. But there is certainly room for divergence of opinion on the subject, based on some of our reblogs.

What are the options for women’s kippot? Especially for women who jerk their head around a lot and don’t have much energy to invest in getting dressed, and who have short hair. 

afaik the usual options are “regular kippot, or beaded kippot” but I don’t really like either of those. I’ve been interested in Bukharian-style kippot but I worry those might be appropriative since I’m not Bukharian?