By SHLOMO BRODY, in JewishWorld.jpost.com
Jan 8, 2009
Religious garb, and head coverings in particular, stirs strong religious and sociological emotions. The Muslim hijab, the Catholic miter and the Jewish yarmulke, to take a few examples, each represent, in their own ways, important symbolic messages and shape the identity of individuals and communities. The ambiguous legal origins of the kippa, as we shall see, only underscore its evocative power.
Read the full explanation and a history of this man-made but important head covering tradition.