Thursday, September 22, 2005

The black hat

A black hat is a Jewish ritual item.

I feel like I should say something about group identity blah blah blah or rabbinical garb blah blah blah, or the Mishna Berura.

I remember getting one (two, actually) before my bar mitzvah. It was definitely considered a rite of passage, and probably was for a generation or two before me. The hat separates the men from the 12 year olds.

Have you got one? Do you wear one? When? Why? Why did you? Why don't you? Why do you sometimes?

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