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Why do some Jewish people wear a kippah all the time?

Frances Jeens

Answer written on 13th November 2017 by Frances Jeens

Wearing a kippah can mean many things.  For some people, it is a way to proudly show their Jewish identity.  For others, it is a way to get themselves ready to perform a religious act such as prayer.  A kippah is a way to show respect to God by acknowledging that God is always above you. Covering one’s head is often a sign of respect in many different religions, including Judaism. Traditionally only men and boys wear a kippah, but in Reform or Liberal communities women may also choose to wear a kippah to show their respect for God.

Some Jewish people will only wear a kippah when they are doing something religious as they feel this helps them separate religious activities from secular activities. However, other Jewish people prefer to wear their kippah all the time as they believe it is important to show respect to God at all times, not only during religious activities. This choice is a personal preference depending on your family and traditions and the personal choices you make.

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Is it true that Jewish parents aren't supposed to name their children after their own parents?

Frances Jeens

Answer written on 13th November 2017 by Frances Jeens

Some Jewish people do name their babies after a relative who is still alive, but many Jewish people follow the tradition of not naming a child after a living relative, particularly those relatives who are young. This means that you rarely find Jewish children named after their own parents.

Traditions and customs form an important part of Jewish life and this depends on your family beliefs and practices. When it comes to baby naming, Ashkenazi tradition is almost entirely to name the baby only after a relative who has already died, while some Sephardic traditions allow for naming the baby after an elder relative. Generally speaking however, no Jewish tradition supports naming the baby after their own living parents.

 

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