The word kipah” is pronounced kee-pah, accenting the first syllable if you are using the Yiddish pronunciation. (The Hebrew pronunciation accents the second syllable.)

Test your yiddishkeit by circling the definition you think best describes the word kipah:

a. what a grandfather from Brooklyn calls something he is not inclined to throw away

b. an appendage (e.g. “paw”) specifically used for holding one’s keys

c. a head covering, also known as a yarmulke, worn at all times by very Orthodox or observant Jewish men, and worn for any religious occasion by the less Orthodox

If you answered “c” you are ready to go on to the true story below.