Yarmulke, Andrew David Marshall Kelly, Bar Mitzvah, June 2001, Remes Family Archival Collection #141
Skull cap style headcovering is made of 6 triangular sections of navy blue satin sewn together. There is a navy blue satin covered button at the center top. The inside is lined with a white cotton type fabric. There is gold metallic printing on the inside of the cap that reads "The Bar Mitzvah of Andrew David Marshall Kelly June 30, 2001." Given as gifts to guests at the Bar Mitzvah of Andrew Kelly, the grandson of the donor's.
It is an ancient practice for Jews to cover their heads during prayer to show respect to God. Under Jewish law children are not obligated to observe the commandments, although they are encouraged to do so as much as possible to help them learn the obligations they will have as adults.
At the age of 13 (12 for a girl) a child becomes obligated to observe the commandments and is considered an adult and active member of the Jewish community. This passage, called a bar mitzvah for a boy and bat mitzvah for a girl, is often marked by a religious service and reception. A Bar Mitzvah ceremony formally marks a boys assumption of the obligation and the right to take part in leading religious services, to count as one of the minimum number of people needed to perform certain parts of religious services, to form contracts, and to marry. Since the Bar Mitzvah is the first time a boy takes on the obligations of the faith, it is also the first time he wears a yarmulke. A ceremony is not required nor does it fulfill any commandment. It is not mentioned in the Torah and is a relatively modern practice. The elaborate ceremonies and receptions held today were uncommon as recently as a century ago. In recent times the religious service is followed by a reception.
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