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Abroad Portrait 72
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"Infinite Wisdom"
Tel Aviv, Israel

Ronald Reagan famously asked the significance of the Jewish kippah during a keynote speech at a White House meeting in 1984, Rabbi Feller elaborated, “We place the kippah on the very highest point of our being—on our head, the vessel of our intellect—to tell ourselves and the world that there is something which is above man’s intellect: the infinite Wisdom of God.” It is an ancient custom for Jews to cover their heads during prayer, a practice likely derived from the fact that, in Eastern cultures, it is a sign of respect to cover the head. Thus, by covering the head during prayer, one shows respect for God. Even when not in prayer, it is Jewish custom to wear a kippah or yarmulke as a reminder that God’s presence is everywhere.

"Infinite Wisdom"

Tel Aviv, Israel

Ronald Reagan famously asked the significance of the Jewish kippah during a keynote speech at a White House meeting in 1984, Rabbi Feller elaborated, “We place the kippah on the very highest point of our being—on our head, the vessel of our intellect—to tell ourselves and the world that there is something which is above man’s intellect: the infinite Wisdom of God.” It is an ancient custom for Jews to cover their heads during prayer, a practice likely derived from the fact that, in Eastern cultures, it is a sign of respect to cover the head. Thus, by covering the head during prayer, one shows respect for God. Even when not in prayer, it is Jewish custom to wear a kippah or yarmulke as a reminder that God’s presence is everywhere.