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?

Can A Jew Get Body Piercings?

While most contemporary Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex when it comes to extensive piercings or piercing other body parts.

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.

The Tattoo Taboo in Judaism

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

What Is A Kittel?

A white robe that men and some women wear during High Holiday services and weddings.

Tallit (The Prayer Shawl)

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

What Is A Kippah?

Also known as a yarmulke or skullcap, a kippah is a headcovering for Jews.

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.

Jewish Men and Facial Hair: Beards, Sidelocks (Peyas) and Shaving

All agree that there is no ban on shaving with an electric razor, but for many, beards have become a powerful symbol of Jewish manhood.

Modesty (Tzniut)

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

Tefillin (Phylacteries)

Tefillin are reminders of God's laws.