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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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What does this kippa mean to you?

Some say kippa and others call it yarmulke.

N. Lieberman 17/08/2009 10:00

One of the identifying features of a religious Jew is his kippa, which proclaims its wearer as one who fears Heaven. Indeed, the very word itself hints to its purpose – its letters ‘chaf, phey’ are the same as those at the root of the word ‘kfifa’, ‘submission’.

This is in fact the purpose of the kippa - to cover the head, to teach submission to and awe of the One above.
Another term used to refer to the kippa is ‘yarmulke’. Since Yiddish translates ‘kippa’ as ‘yarmulke’, one might be led to believe that yarmulke is a genuinely Yiddish word - but this is incorrect. In fact, the word ‘yarmulke’ is actually of Aramaic origin, and is derived from the two words ‘yirei malka’ (fear of the King).

Despite all this, the kippa is not an exclusively Jewish symbol. Religious muslims also wear such a headdress, as do christians in the upper echelons of their clergy.

So, the kippa isn’t always a sign of such great holiness…