July 19, 2019

Should Progressive Jews Wear Kippahs in Berlin?

” The news that Felix Klein, Germany’s commissioner on antisemitism, “could not recommend Jews wear a kippah everywhere and at any time in Germany”, coupled with a 20 percent reported rise in anti-Jewish crime in the country, is alarming, sad and dangerous.

No Jew needs to be reminded of the German-led destruction of European Jewry, less than 80 years ago,
or the efforts to make amends since.

Klein’s warning should therefore alarm not only Jews, but all advocates of liberal democracy.

The kippah has become a potent, if formerly unimportant, symbol of Judaism. Although the custom of covering of one’s head is ancient, there is no biblical commandment to do so at any time, and the seeming universal (for men at least) obsession with it is relatively recent.”

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