Because of the bitterness of the past,
we keep our pain stifled underneath our hats;
to know that G-d is above us, and we below,
we cover our head with a yarmulke.
In times of challenge, when strong winds blow,
we are gladdened to have fastened our kippah,
so that we may continue to aspire higher
in prayer, while remaining steadfast in our attire.
When the seas of turmoil threaten to engulf us,
we are faced with a choice: to wear or not to wear,
the symbol of humility that encompasses our identity,
making our faith visible to all, whether friend or foe.
More than a religious insignia,
each and every yarmulke is unique,
an individual expression of the whole,
composite of many different styles.
The black-felt yarmulke of the Chassidim,
cotton or suede variety, of the modern orthodox,
religious Zionists, conservative or reform Jews;
we are all part of K’lal Yisrael.
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