Sunday, June 25, 2006

Put a lid on it :) :) :)

Swiped from Adam Ragil's sadly-long-dormant blog, Baynonim:

Monday, October 04, 2004
The old man last seen here received just deserts on the second day of Sukkos. It was rainy, and a few of us were wearing baseball caps to keep our heads dry on the walk back from shul. The old man spotted a teen in a Yankee cap, and growled, "Can't you wear a hat that says you support Torah?" The teen pointed to the grump's dripping Borsalino and said, "When you were my age, all a hat like that meant was that you were a gangster or a hoodlum. Times change, I guess. May the good Lord grant you years enough to see the day when a Yankee cap also represents Torah." The grump was speechless, the teen triumphant. The rest of us grinned and chuckled.
# posted by Adam Ragil : 8:34:14 PM

Naturally, I can't find it, but I know that, somewhere on Mark's/PT's blog, there's a post on the subject of black hats. (I believe he'd just bought two for his two older sons, whose school dress code requires all boys over 13 to wear black hats.) My comment, at the time, was that it was ironic. Years ago, Orthodox men wore hats, rather than kippot (yarmulkes, skullcaps), in public because a kippah was considered "too Jewish." Now, Orthodox men wear hats because kippot are consider not Jewish enough.

So the right-wing guys are walking around in "gangster hats" that, in accordance with the current Jewish "dress code," classify them as "frummer-than-thou" (the "thou" being, of course, guys who wear leather kippot, black kippot s'rugot (knit or crocheted skullcaps), or--gasp!-- multi-colored kippot s'rugot).

Meanwhile, many Orthodox women are dashing about in wigs so gorgeous that their own hair doesn't look half as good.

I hate to break it to you fine frum folks, but the Jews most likely to be seen wearing head-coverings that are identifiably Jewish not only to all Jews but to non-Jews, as well, are us non-Orthodox Jews! Walk into the average Conservative or Reconstructionist (and, increasingly, Reform) or non-affiliated non-Orthodox synagogue, minyan, or chavurah and you'll find a sea of kippot and very few hats.

To paraphrase the "grump" in Adam Ragil's post, "Can't you wear a head-covering that says you support Torah?" :) :) :)


Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I think it was my "Tradition? Tradition!" post. I'm not for uniforms period. Yankees, Mets, Corleones, etc.

And wigs make NO sense to me whatsoever. But what do I know.

Mon Jun 26, 11:33:00 AM 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

Those of us in the national religious camp wear scarves or hats to cover our hair, and the men wear kippot.

Mon Jun 26, 11:43:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Mark/PT, yes, "Tradition? Tradition!" is probably the right post, but it would take me a major archive-search to find it. Oh, well.

"And wigs make NO sense to me whatsoever. But what do I know." Oh, you mean wigs of the "Nineteen years of marriage, six kids, and not a hair out of place. Hee hee." variety? :) :) :)

Westbankmama, that's an improvement over the "Corleone" uniform.

Tue Jun 27, 12:26:00 AM 2006  

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