I need teddy bears on my kippah

This morning, on the 2 train, around Park Place:

A younger guy with his 3- or 4-year-old kid got on the subway, both wearing solid black kippot, tzitzit hanging out, payot tucked behind their ears, etc. They came to sit next to me and I noticed that the little boy’s kippah had four plastic teddy bear buttons sown on around the edge.

I told the dad I thought the teddy bears were great.

He passed to compliment on to his son, “Hey, he likes your yamukkah.”

Then he turned back to me and said, with a little smirk, “It’s the only way we could get him to wear it.”

“They still can’t get me to wear one,” I said.

His reply: “Maybe you need teddy bears on your yamukkah.”

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8 Responses to I need teddy bears on my kippah

  1. gsmckinney July 5, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Do they make siddur-shaped buttons? Perhaps in green?

  2. Larry Kaufman July 6, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Abba Hillel Silver was of the generation that wouldn’t wear yarmulkes. When derech eretz required him to wear a head covering, his chapeau of choice was a black homburg. I saw him thus once, in a sea of white kippot, black-hatted and black-suited, looking the quintessential Charedi (a term that we didn’t know in those days).

    • David A.M. Wilensky July 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      I have been considering getting some other kind of hat that would work. Suggestions, anyone?

      • Laura July 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

        Sun visor.

        • Laura July 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

          Umbrella hat.

          The possibilities are endless.

          • David A.M. Wilensky July 7, 2011 at 8:44 am #

            Shush, you.

            And by that I mean, I’ll talk to you at noon.

  3. Earl C. September 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Little acorns wear kippahs and become mighty oaks.


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