Our son just turned three. As he reached this milestone, we decided it was time for him to start wearing a kippah on a regular basis. As we have begun his education on this front, it has inspired me to think about my journey regarding kippah-wearing as well.
My relationship with wearing a kippah changed forever when I was at university. In my first year at Columbia, I was part of a black/Jewish dialogue group. As the year began, we discussed all that our respective communities shared in common and how we have traditionally supported each other. One aspect of our lives presented was that we are both part of minorities that can feel persecuted by part of the larger society. [Read more…]