Clothing & Appearance

Clothing & Appearance

Jewish Clothing

Garments for synagogue and, for some, all-day wear.

Women & Feminism

Ask the Expert: Can Women Wear Kippot?

Why do men wear yarmulkes, and women don't?

The Tattoo Taboo in Judaism

Body ink is a no-no, but it won't bar you from Jewish life.

Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin

The clothing of Jewish prayer.

Jewish Ritual Objects: A Guide

From challah covers to yahrzeit candles, what they are used for, how they look and where you can find them.

Tallit (The Prayer Shawl)

The corner fringes on this ritual garment remind the wearer of all the commandments in the Torah.

Tzitzit, the Fringes on the Prayer Shawl

Fringes for four-cornered garments.

What Is An Upsheren, or Halaqah?

Why some Jews ritualize their son's first haircut at age 3.

Modesty (Tzniut)

Discretion in appearance and speech is designed to protect our souls from assault by a coarse world.

Ask the Expert: Tzitzit Hanging Out

Why do some people tuck them in, and others let them hang free?

What Is Shatnez?

The biblical prohibition against mixing wool and linen.

What is the Star of David?

This common symbol for Judaism and Israel is newer than one might think.

Ask the Expert: Which Kippah Should I Wear?

What's the best head covering for a newly observant Jew?