Most synagogues and Jewish funeral services keep a ready supply of kippot.and it is strongly suggested that a Jew is required to cover his head at all times.

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This calls to mind pictures of Syrians on Egyptian monuments, represented wearing a cord around their long, flowing hair, a custom still followed in Arabia.

Evidently the costume of the poorest classes is represented; but as the cord gave no protection against the heat of the sun, there is little probability that the custom lasted very long.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch cites a story from the Talmud (Shabbat 156b) about Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak who might have become a thief had his mother not saved him from this fate by insisting that he cover his head, which instilled in him the fear of God.

The Talmud also implies that unmarried men did not wear a kippah: Rabbi Hisda praised Rabbi Hamnuna before Rabbi Huna as a great man. Thereupon, he [Rabbi Huna] turned his face away from him and said, 'See to it that you do not appear before me again before you are married.' [Tractate Kiddushin 29b] The Tanach implies that covering one's head was a sign of mourning: And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot.

Often the color and fabric of the kippah can be a sign of adherence to a specific religious movement.

Knitted or crocheted kippot, known as kippot serugot, tend to be worn by Religious Zionists and the Modern Orthodox, More recently, kippot have been observed made in the colors of sports teams, especially football.

He said to him, 'When he visits you, bring him to me. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went.

When he arrived, he saw that he wore no head-covering. [Judah mourns,] and their nobles send their lads for water: they come to the pits, and find no water; their vessels return empty; they are ashamed and confounded, and cover their heads.

Sometimes it can be debateable if a Jew has to cover his head at all times.