The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 28 November 2009 / 10 Kislev 5770

Too Big A Kipah

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

A renowned secular Jew once decided to "observe the natives" by placing himself on the corner of a busy street in an Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem.

"Bist a yid (are you Jewish)?" asked an Orthodox youngster who wondered what a bareheaded person was doing in the area.

"Of course," answered the visitor in perfect Yiddish.

"Then where is your kipah head-covering?" asked the youngster.

"See the sky above?" was the sly response. "That is the covering of my head."

"That is too big a kipah," came the clever rejoinder, "for so small a head!"

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