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toadspittle
02-05-2011, 09:22 PM
Question (or informal poll, if you like): Do reform Jews in the USA typically wear a yarmulke on the first (or subsequent) nights of Hanukkah? Specifically, boys who have not yet been bar mitzvahed.

I realize there are not necessarily hard and fast rules here; just try to get a sense of what's usual.

hajario
02-05-2011, 09:24 PM
In my experience as a Reform Jew, generally yarmulkes are only worn in synagogue if at all. Some might put one on for the prayer over the candles and that's it.

Alessan
02-05-2011, 11:39 PM
I'm at the liberal end of Conservative, and I put my kippa on whenever I do any sort of official ritual, and take it off as soon as the ritual ends. That means head covered when I light the candles, head bare when I eat the latkes.

RealityChuck
02-06-2011, 12:19 PM
Conservative and Reformed don't wear yarmulkes outside of synagogue (some Reformed don't wear them inside, either). More orthodox will wear them at all times. So it's either always, or only at services, not for a particular festival (and Chanukah is a very minor festival, anyway).

Hello Again
02-06-2011, 12:50 PM
Conservative and Reformed don't wear yarmulkes outside of synagogue (some Reformed don't wear them inside, either). More orthodox will wear them at all times. So it's either always, or only at services, not for a particular festival (and Chanukah is a very minor festival, anyway).

I agree with the above.

Some Reform jews will wear a kippah at specific, fairly important, out-of-synogogue ceremonies, such as a wedding or a bris. Or even a first-night Passover seder. But channukah is nowhere near that important.

toadspittle
02-07-2011, 10:17 AM
Great. Thanks, all.