Israel barber Shalom Koresh has created a “magic” skullcap to allow religious Jews to wear their yalmulkes (kippahs in Hebrew) in public without drawing attention to themselves, especially in areas where anti-semitism is on the rise once more. This is especially true in particularly true in countries such as France and Belgium, where the European Union reported that “1 out of 5 Jewish men avoid wearing a any identifying religious symbols, including yalmulkes, for fear of being attacked or harrassed.”
The secret behind Koresh’s skullcaps is the fact that he creates them from actual hair samples (both synthetic and real), which can be dyed in a variety of shades, can be combed and washed. The caps are attached to the wearer’s own hair with hiddedn clips.
“I make these so people can feel comfortable going places where they are afraid to go, or places where they can’t wear one and feel secure,” he stated.
So far, the “magic” skullcaps, which sell for $91 for real hair, and $56 a piece ofr synthetic hair, have met gsrnered mixed emotions among the religious Jews in Jerusalem, some of whom feel it is a shanda (shame) to hide their identies in such a manner, and others who say, “why not.”