In light of yesterday's blog entry - "Just who are the REAL Jews? YOU might be one and not know it!," I thought I would expand just a little on the topic of Judaism's Talmudic mandate that Jewish males cover their heads using a kippah, yarmulke, or a kippot. Once again, we have yet another example where those subscribing to Judaism (and the Talmud) are in direct conflict to what Scripture (Holy Bible) would mandate.
Why do Jews (under Judaism) wear these hats to cover their heads? Wikipedia offers this information here:
The Talmud states, "Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you." Rabbi Hunah ben Joshua never walked 4 cubits (2 meters) with his head uncovered. He explained: "Because the Divine Presence is always over my head."Thus, the Talmud claims that these hats are an expression of "fear" of God! That sounds like an admirable reason to wear a kippot, but the New Testament (NT) of the Holy Bible refutes such teachings.
According to the Shulchan Arukh, Jewish men are strongly recommended to cover their heads, and doing so, should not walk more than four cubits bareheaded. Covering one's head, such as by wearing a kippah, is described as "honoring God". The Mishnah Berurah modifies this ruling, adding that the Achronim established it as a requirement to wear a head covering even when traversing less than four cubits, and even when one is standing still, indoors and outside. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch cites a story from the Talmud (Shabbat 156b) about Rav Nachman bar Yitzchok who might have become a thief had his mother not saved him from this fate by insisting that he cover his head, which instilled in him the fear of God. In many communities, boys are encouraged to wear a kippah from a young age in order to ingrain the habit.
1 Corinthians 11 offers much insight regarding the fact that men should not cover their heads (with a kippot, kippah, or yarmulke):
There you have it! Men are not to cover their heads for he is the image and glory of God (verse 7). Further to that, every man praying or prophesying while covering his head disgraces his head (verse 4). Why then do Jewish males (under Judaism) pray at the "wailing wall" with a kippot on their heads? Don't they know they are disgracing themselves in the face of God? Looking through the lense of my previous blog entry on the definition of a "real" Jew, should it now be understood that the wearing of a kippot is a violation of God's Word?11 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 4 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. 5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. 7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8 For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; 9 for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. (1 Corinthians 11:1-11 NASB)
Believe me, there are many other ways in which (pseudo) Jews (under Judaism) could express their "fear" of God! Covering the head is a pretty lame way to show such "fear!" How about accepting Jesus as the Christ? That would be a great start to show reverence towards His Son & His sacrifice to mankind! How about turning away from other "gods" (like the god of "mammon"), and actually living in accordance to His Word for once? How about true and genuine repentance and atonement for your sins? In my previous blog entry regarding the significance of the Jewish Temple remains, I explain just how Jews (under Judaism) can atone for their sins, and why the current practices (under Judaism) are obstructing that process!
Your hats will not save you! Only acceptance of Jesus will!