Honorable Mensch-ion

The Kippa Drawer

The kippa drawer is a defining place in a Jewish home. It is that top drawer of a credenza where we collect head coverings from lifecycle events.

This week, we cleaned out our kippa drawer. As we went through this process, memories flooded my mind. My Bar Mitzvah kippa, the kippa from our wedding, the kippa I wore at my children’s namings and brises, and the kippa I wore at various events of joy and sorrow. There were big and small kippot, white and black, all shapes and sizes. Yet, every kippa told its own story.

The Torah tells us that the scouts that entered the land of Israel reported the facts, but not the truth.

Menachem Mendel of Kotzk teaches that the truth includes the response of the soul to the facts. We go through our daily lives soaking up facts. We perform tasks, have conversations with people, eat meals, and lie down to sleep. But what is our soul’s response to these facts? Does it lead to truths that we can make the world a better place?

I opened the kippa drawer and I saw facts. When I closed the drawer an hour later, I felt truth. My soul responded to the places the kippot transported me to. I heard the voices of loved ones, felt their touch on my face, and kept their presence with me in the days that followed. This week, open your kippa drawer….See where it will take you.

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