TO WEAR, OR NOT TO WEAR, A KIPPA
My introduction to Messianic beliefs was brought about by a believer who wore his Talis and Kippa (Yarmulka) to church. Being curious and always searching for knowledge and wisdom in His Word, I asked him about his attire. That question and the answer to it opened the door to this fantastic journey that YHVH Y’shuati has taken me on. He used this man, Jerry, to open my eyes to the answers laying right in front of me to some basic questions that no one else seemed able to answer.
I think of Jerry’s courage in coming to church that day, even though it was a 7th-day church, where it was taught that the Jews killed our J-sus. The atmosphere was always very anti-Semitic, but there was Jerry, Kippa, Tallis, and Tzitziot, singing hymns but using the Name Y’shua every time the name J-sus was used. It was enough for me to eventually leave the faith I had held since early childhood in pursuit of truth.
I too wore a kippa for some time, until I discovered the truth concerning it. However, I do not see a problem with a Messianic believer wearing a Kippah out of respect, or reverence, just as long as it is understood that this is a man-made tradition, and support for it cannot be found in Scripture. Yes, there are Scriptural accounts of the head being covered during a time of mourning, but again, no specific requirements to do so; and no ‘thus sayeth Elohim’ to support it. This requirement can only be found in Rabbinical Halacha.
The wearing of a Kippa as described by current Jewish Halacha comes down to us today from the early middle ages of the Common Era. There has been, and still is, much debate within Judaism by certain key Rabbis as to when and why a Kippa should be worn. Some say during prayer only, others say all day every day, and still others, are somewhere in between. The argument changes only slightly between Ashkanaz, Sefardi, and Yemenite, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform; but that is Rabbinical Judaism and they will debate these things endlessly without coming to any consensus, coming back the following day to do it all over again!
Occasionally I will attend a local Messianic Jewish congregation on Shabbat, with a Tallit but less the Kippah. If I am called up to read from the Torah, I will cover my head with the Tallit out of respect and reverence to HaKadosh Baruch Hu, The Holy One, Blessed be He and His Eternal and Living, Torah.
This covering, representing His Tent of Righteousness, allows me to escape the one-dimensional reality of this world, as I am transported by His Ruach through multidimensional kingdoms up to the 7th heaven. It is there that I find the sea of glass where I stand among the Saints. In my mind’s eye, I prostrate myself before Him, The Ancient of Days, laying flat on my face, arms outstretched to the sides, palms up, as all Heaven sings a new song of thanksgiving and praise. I am then prepared to speak the Lashon Kadosh and read The Words of His Holy Torah. HalleluYAH! Amen.