Re: Religious freedom/hat removal
Lewis P. Orans (LPORANS@I-LINK.NET)
Fri, 26 May 1995 22:49:49 -0500
John Pannell writes:
>>My only quandry would be whether I should remain "covered" when a
>>Jew or Quaker would offer grace. What would be proper in this case,
>>to follow my custom (and uncover) or theirs (and remain covered)?
I cannot answer for all traditions, but is is my understanding that covering
the head while praying --for those of the Jewish faith -- follows
interpretation of the Mosaic Law -- the 10 commandments and 603 others for a
total of 613 found in the first five books of the Bible -- Genesis, etc.
Indeed, for the Orthodox Jew, covering one's head is a sign of submission to
the Lord and head covering (the Yarmulke or other hat) is worn at all waking
hours, indoors and outdoors. I have seen many non-Jews cover their heads out
of respect when attending Jewish services where most cover their heads (even
though they might not otherwise). I know many Jews who only cover their heads
for prayer or when in a synagogue. And I know those who will go uncovered out
of respect when participating in a Christian service.
When a Jew offers grace and covers his head in observance of his own faith --
in a public setting -- I personally do not think you would need to cover your
head. Indeed, as you pray with head uncovered as a sign of your faith and
belief, it would seem proper for you to observe the blessing in your own way.
The Scout Law seems to cover it nicely in the 12th point.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City