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Should a Noahide wear a Kippa?

Q: Should a Noahide wear a kippa or some similar article of clothing?

Q: My question is about whether a Noahide should wear a kippa (skullcap). Wearing a kippa makes us feel that we are always standing in front of G-d and helps to teach us the fear of heaven. Are Noahides required to wear a kippa or some similar article of clothing, like the Jews?

A: A Noahide is not required to wear a kippa. I recommend that if they want to cover their head it would be best to do it in a way that is different from what is done by Jews. This can help avoid embarrassing situations caused by mistakes in identity or even a broken heart when a person is surprised to find that his or her friend is not Jewish.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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