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UPDATE: Somewhere in Pikesville: Spider-man, Superman, Batman Yarmulkes

Custom-made men's head coverings are for sale with DC Comics and Marvel superheroes images. Can you guess where I found them?

UPDATE (10:58 p.m.)—There's a business somewhere in Pikesville that is selling these whimsical kippot—men's headcoverings priced at $15 each.

They have Spider-man, Superman and Batman logos available, and they're for boys.

Can you guess where I found them?

ANSWER: At Gourmet Again, for $15 each. Thanks, Patch reader Magan for guessing! She should know where they are being sold, because she creates them.

To learn more about her business, Wasted Doctorate, and her other products, visit the website. The name for her business, according to the website, refers to her physical therapy doctorate she earned about 12 years ago.

Some history

Yarmulkes—the Yiddish word for kippot—are flat, round skullcaps. They're the most familiar way a variety of Jewish cultures use to cover the top of a man's head.

Doing so is a sign of respect, according to "Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Rituals."

It's a tradition that began with the Talmud, which some believe indicates "it is impertinent to allow the Shekhinah, the female manifestation of God, to see their bare heads below her," the book states.

Magan October 05, 2012 at 01:18 AM
These yarmulkes are available at Gourmet Again on Old Court Road in Pikesville or through www.etsy.com/shop/thewasteddoctorate
Janet Metzner October 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Magan! Thanks for the guess. And, it's correct. Tell me what you know about Wasted Doctorate?
Magan October 05, 2012 at 07:06 PM
My son started kindergarten at Beth Tfiloh this fall & has to wear a kippah every day. When I started shopping for kippot, there really werent very many "cool" kippot that he was excited to wear. I've always been crafty, so I bought some iron on patches and attached them to plain suede kippot. I posted a picture of my handywork on Facebook and everyone wanted to know where I bought them or if I would make some for their children. Thats how it all started. I work as a Physical Therapist for a large orthopedic practice here in Pikesville/Owings Mills. It became a joke in my family that I earned a doctorate & now make yarmulkes (even though its just a side business) hence the name The Wasted Doctorate. Seeing children (and adults) all over the community wearing my kippot brings me great joy. Many parents have thanked me for making the kippot so much fun becuase now their children love to wear them. Its been a win win for everyone!!
Magan October 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
.....1 More thing- I wanted to thank Andy Hoffman & Gourmet Again for selling my Kippot this holiday season. It helped spread the word of my new business venture and raised a lot of money for charity!
Alice Malin January 06, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Hi Magan, Think I saw a Baltimore Ravens kippot that you make. Have a 12 year old son with a Ravens theme bar mitzvah coming up. Need it to be embroidered. Please contact me if you can do this. alice.malin@comcast.net Thanks

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