A yamaka, or yarmulke or kippah is a head covering worn by Jewish males that signifies their devotion to God and the Jewish religion. The yarmulke is worn by most Jewish men during times of prayer, and worn by orthodox Jewish men at all times. Male visitors to a Jewish synagogue must also cover their heads during times of prayer. To learn about the Jewish religion or to have a head covering on hand for prayer times, you can make a temporary yarmulke from paper.
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Things you need
- Cardstock paper
- Drawing compass
- Crayons or markers
- Glue stick
- Hair pins
Make a 17.5 cm (7 inch) diameter circle onto a piece of cardstock paper with a drawing compass and pencil. Mark the centre of the circle with a pencil.
Cut out the circle. Draw a straight line from the outside edge of the circle into the centre using a ruler as a guide to keep the line straight.
Cut down the line with scissors.
Overlap the cut ends of the paper by about 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) to make a cone shape. Glue the two ends together with a glue stick.
Flatten the point on the yarmulke with your finger to make a rounded top rather than a pointed top. Hold the yarmulke in place on the back of the head with hair pins.
Tips and warnings
- Allow children to decorate the yarmulke with crayons or markers if the head-covering is for a child. They can place traditional Jewish designs on the yarmulke, such as a Star of David, menorah or other Jewish designs.
- Decorate the yarmulke with any combination of colours or symbols. You can even write words on the yarmulke in any language. There are no distinctions to the decoration of yarmulkes in Jewish law. Black traditionally signifies mourning and plain white typically signifies celebration and purity.
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