June 5, 2019
Should Jews Stop Wearing Religious Symbols to Protect Their Safety?
Uncertainty pervades many facets of life. First you say you do, and then you don't. And then you say you will, and then you won't. German history exemplifies the ironies of changing circumstances. On September 19, 1941, the Nazi decree of September 1, 1941, signed by Reinhard Heydrich, ordered Jews in areas under Nazi control after September 19 to wear the Jewish star, a badge sewn on their clothes. Today, Germany and other countries, Jews and non-Jews are perplexed and uncertain over the issue of whether Jews should wear an identifying object — the kippah, the Hebrew word for skull cap — in public. Two principles, alike in dignity, a pair of star-crossed concepts, are dividing opinion among politicians and Jewish communities throughout the world, either abiding by religious values by wearing the kippah or behaving out of concern for preservation of life and not wearing it. Though the wearing of a...(Read Full Article)