Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it sacrilegious to put a political logo on a yarmulke?
A: No, yarmulkes (or kippot if you prefer) are not considered to be holy items, like Tallit or Tefillin. There is no mention of kippot in the Torah. The Talmud simply states that men should cover their heads out of respect and reverence for G-d. If you’d like to learn more about the history of yarmulkes, here are two articles from chabad.org: The Kippah and The Skullcap. You have probably seen dozens of people at your synagogue wearing yarmulkes with sports team logos, cartoon characters, etc. – and political yarmulkes are no different. Rabbi Stephen Stern of Staten Island, NY gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal in 2008, saying that he has no problem with political yarmulkes.
Q: Why can’t I leave comments on this website?
A: When we first started selling the original “Obamulkes” back in 2007 – we allowed comments at first, but had to disable them once detractors found our website and began anonymously posting rude and hateful speech. We understand not everyone agrees with President Obama – but there are no excuses for xenophobic and racist comments, and we will not allow this website to become a landing spot for “internet trolls.”
Q: I already bought an “Obamulke” to wear at synagogue – and I think I want to get more involved, but I’ve never volunteered for a Presidential campaign before. What else can I do?
A: President Obama won the 2008 election with the help of millions of volunteers who had never been involved in politics before. Regular, every-day people across all 50 states started grassroots volunteer groups online (through www.barackobama.com) or through their local College Dems chapters, etc. and signed up to make phone calls, knock on doors, and help GOTV (Get Out The Vote). If you’ve never tried it, you’d be surprised how easy and fun it can be to talk to strangers about the issues that matter most to you. Even if you feel you’re too shy to ask strangers who they’re voting for, you can still get involved in your local Obama for America field office, volunteering your time doing data-entry, working reception, etc. Go to http://my.barackobama.com/ and sign up today. You can search for grassroots volunteer groups in your area, find local events like phone-banks and voter-registration drives, and even start a group of your own, perhaps your very own “Jews for Obama” chapter in your hometown. In his victory speech in Nov. 2008, President Obama made it clear that the 2008 election wasn’t about him:
“This is your victory.
And I know you didn’t do this just to win an election. And I know you didn’t do it for me.
You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.
There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage or pay their doctors’ bills or save enough for their child’s college education.
There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.” — President Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008