Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is your Kippah Kosher?

I don't keep a kosher home... I did not grow up in a kosher home. If I were to decide to keep kosher, I would become a vegetarian, not so much for the ease of it (no meat versus milk). Being Kosher means much more than simply keeping dietary laws, it means that you choose to treat all of Hashem's creatures respectfully- animals and people, alike. Can you ethically wear a kippah or tallit which was made by a person who made only pennies for their handiwork? I think not, and there are a lot of groups which agree with me.

MayaWorks creates lovely kippot...It markets the work of Maya artisans who otherwise have no outlet for their handiwork. As a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, MayaWorks pays artisans at prices they set, provides technical assistance and educational opportunities and meets other Fair Trade criteria. MayaWorks is also much more than just an outlet for Mayan products. MayaWorks believes that community development happens through the economic development of women who otherwise have limited ways to participate or contribute to the economic stability of their families. Giving women an opportunity to earn an income from their skills gives them self-confidence and hope for themselves, their children, their family and their village.


Anonymous said...

those are beautiful!

Phyllis Sommer said...

i love these kippot. we ordered a bunch of them at our shul and they are pretty much all i wear. i get so many compliments on them and i can share their mitzvah-mission every time!