Jump to content
JWTalk - Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community

The Origins of Jewish & Catholic Head Caps

Recommended Posts

An interesting read from a Jewish source. I had wondered why they wear skull caps and hats (like like Catholic priests similarly do) and the origin story is to do with a woman who dealt with astrologers and then had her son wear a hat to remind him of God in order to prevent him being cursed. 





The tradition to wear a kippah is not derived from any biblical passage. Rather, it is a custom which evolved as a sign of our recognition that there is Someone “above” us who watches our every act.


The Talmud1 relates that a woman was once told by astrologers that her son is destined to be a thief. To prevent this from happening, she insisted that he always have his head covered, to remind him of G‑d’s presence and instill within him the fear of heaven. Once, while sitting under a palm tree, his headcovering fell off. He was suddenly overcome by an urge to eat a fruit from the tree, which did not belong to him. It was then that he realized the strong effect which the wearing of a kippah had on him. 


As with all Jewish customs, once they become a universally accepted Jewish practice, they become halachically obligatory.

According to some opinions, since wearing a kippah has become a form of distinction between Jews and non-Jews, failure to wear a headcovering falls under the prohibition of “you shall not follow their statutes."


Ever since it has been a Jewish religious commandment. Just as Jesus said back in the day, traditions of men rather than commandments of God. I found it very interesting how it's origins came from what seems to be a form of superstition, wearing objects to ward off harm. A woman believing in fate and fortune, dealing with practitioners of spiritism lead to this unbiblilcal religious tradition of which Catholicism adopted. 


"“For these nations that you are dispossessing used to listen to those practicing magic and divination, but Jehovah your God has not allowed you to do anything like this." - Deuteronomy 18:14


Amazing really seeing Babylon for what it is. Every single tradition, to the tiniest degree is steeped in paganism. Though we know this well. I simply find it amazing how these traditions came to pass with nobody batting an eyelash, despite the obvious fact that Jehovah would find it unacceptable and they are of pagan origins.  


"And you will again see the distinction between a righteous person and a wicked person, between one serving God and one not serving him.” - Malachi 3:18


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation with your brothers and sisters!

You can post now, and then we will take you to the membership application. If you are already a member, sign in now to post with your existing account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

About JWTalk.net - Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community

Since 2006, JWTalk has proved to be a well-moderated online community for real Jehovah's Witnesses on the web. However, our community is not an official website of Jehovah's Witnesses. It is not endorsed, sponsored, or maintained by any legal entity used by Jehovah's Witnesses. We are a pro-JW community maintained by brothers and sisters around the world. We expect all community members to be active publishers in their congregations, therefore, please do not apply for membership if you are not currently one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.

JWTalk 23.8.11 (changelog)