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Dear Sirs In the 11th century the covering of heads by Jews was in private either praying or eating. This was added to for studying by Rabbi Gorman It is extremely hard to find any religious Jews wearing head coverings pre 1500 CE Even Moses was bare headed in a Fresco in a Syrian synagogue There are no pictures pre 100 CE of religious leaders with head coverings in public places. In the Titus Roman arch only priests are depicted with head gear Many religious leaders were depicted without any headdress until the 16th ,17th century Nowhere until the 16th century did it become a fashion as it is today with different kippot showing to which groups you belong. Certain groups followed the dress of the elite in Eastern Europe and others the Roman Catholic Cardinals dress dog collarrs etc..Nowadays it is free for all even wearing football teams’ kippot Mike de haan