July 17, 2008, - 1:06 am

Do You Wear an “Obamaka”?: Fashion Tips for Liberal Jews Who Support Barack Hussein

By Debbie Schlussel
Some months ago, I witnessed a disturbing fashion trend. No, not “Obama” tattoo tramp stamps, but something almost as bad . . . and perhaps worse: the B. Hussein O. campaign has been producing and selling “Obamakas”–yarmulkes with the Barack Obama Presidential campaign logo on them.
I cannot imagine a more silly and ironic fashion idea.


For those of you who don’t know, a yarmulke–pronounced “Yah-Muh-Kuh,” thus the Obamaka moniker–is a Jewish religious skullcap that looks like a beanie and which is worn by men (though some annoying liberal women wear them–and they look like outer space lesbians when they put them on). It is supposed to symbolize modesty–and that there is something higher (G-d) above you.
My brother wears one, my late father wore one, and many religious Jews wear them. Most Orthodox Jews wear them always, except to bed. Others wear the yarmulke only when they are in synagogue their once or twice a year–they’re the ones who wear the tacky, blindingly shiny faux-satin yarmulkes that they then force all the Presidential candidates to temporarily don when they make the obligatory synagogue campaign stop.
For the record, wearing a yarmulke is not a commandment or requirement under Jewish law or from the Torah. It is a custom and probably the among the least important and least required Jewish religious observances there are.
**** UPDATE: Reader David disagrees with me on this point and cites Jewish oral Torah:

I didn’t want to post this on your site because it gets too technical for your average reader unfamiliar with Jewish Law. I don’t know the exact citation, however, I know that in the Shulchon Oruch as well as the Mishnoh B’ruroh [DS: Two sources of Jewish law], it states that it is forbidden to walk four cubits or to recite any holy words such as blessings, words of Torah, etc., while one’s head is uncovered. This is why even little children are made to wear a Kippa [DS: Yarmulke], to develop a fear of Heaven. Thanks.

I always marvel at Conservative and Reform Jews, who force non-Jewish visitors to their synagogues and temples to wear the ugly satin yarmulkes when these same Jews drive on the Jewish Sabbath and violate all of the other Jewish precepts and tenets. But wearing that ugly satin beanie, that’s important to them as an ultimately powerless Jew power symbol. I remember when I was at a conservative synagogue in the ’80s and they made Gary Hart wear a shiny satin yarmulke. It was funny.
So, it’s in light of all of that that I find it kind of annoying–no, nauseating–to watch the Jewish hypocrites now wearing the Obamaka, who keep none of the Jewish laws, know little about Judaism except for getting Chanukah presents and ingesting matzoh ball soup, and who–far more disturbing to me–look the other way on Barack Hussein Obama’s recent past activities with Palestinian terrorism supporters Edward Said, Ali Abunimah, and Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s friendship with blatant anti-Semites like Louis Farrakhan and Wright and membership in an anti-Semitic church, Obama’s eagerness to hang with Iran, and Obama’s current Nation of Islam employees who will certainly head to the White House with him.
I really wish these Obamaka-donning Jews would take the beanies off. It’s not that I judge their lack of religiosity, just their overabundance of stupidity and sheepleness and despise when they use Judaism as a cover and/or excuse for it. We don’t need them identifying our religious garb with the Obama campaign. It’s bad enough already that 2/3 of my fellow co-religionists will be voting for this fraud for President.
The Jews who wear the Obamaka will be wearing a yarmulke–if you can call this that–for the first and last time with this chapeau charade. It’s all an act. They’re the Jews who, through assimilation and intermarriage, will die out and be lost to the Jewish community in a generation or two, if not quicker. A vote for Obama is just a rite of passage in hastening their departure.
The Obamaka fashion victims remind me of this joke about the Rabbi who ate a bacon and cheese sandwich on Yom Kippur, with a side dish of shrimp, then allowed his richest donor’s dog to have a bar mitzvah (all of which is proscribed in Judaism for various reasons). They’re hypocrites. And the Obamaka is the symbol of their hypocrisy.
These are the Jews who brag on the far-left, anti-Israel, pan-terrorist Daily Kos that they’re proud to wear the Obamaka or proud to have seen one of their fellow moron-owitzes wearing one. These are the same people who were and would be “capos”–Jews who worked for the Nazis and turned in other Jews so they could eat better or get better treatment–at the camps in Nazi Europe.
But, it’s a free country. And people are free to dress poorly and be the fashion victims of stupid accessories.
And since I do believe in freedom of choice and the freedom of people to look stupid and advertise their hypocrisy, I’ve decided to give the Obamaka masses some more choices for yarmulkes. I’ve asked DebbieSchlussel.com Jedi Master of PhotoShop David Lunde of Lundesigns to make me these yarmulke choices for the sheep-owitzes and sheep-steins that support Obama.
As a member of the Obamaka-of-the-Month club, you, too, can wear one of these highly fashionable (for idiots) Obamakas:








If you take offense to these Obamaka fashion choices, please realize that a Jew wearing a yarmulke featuring the Obama emblem is as absurd as a Jew wearing a yarmulke featuring any of these designs. And on that note, a special shout out to my vegan-trisexual-multi-racial-PETA-anti-nuke-communist-raw-foodist-9/11-trutherist-Brangelina-fan “friends” at the Nazi-funded Media Matters for America, who are monitoring this site, and who I’m sure will whine and over-react on their site about these Obamaka choices, the way they did with my Valentine’s Day candy hearts.
We’re crafting more Obamaka styles since, again, we’re “pro-choice” when it comes to this particular liberal obsession. Please comment below with your suggested Obamaka styles.
For the record, I’m not exactly endorsing a McCainaka, either. But it’s a far smarter choice than the deathly Obamaka, which is basically announcing to the world, “Suicide ’08.”

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I’m pretty sure they’re all the rage at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue http://www.bethemet.org/Highlights/Iraq.php The “Bring the Troops Home NOW” sign makes me growl every time I drive by it.

dm60462 on July 17, 2008 at 2:02 am

Obama is not, nor will he ever be a friend to Israel. Obama has clearly stated, that he wants to end funding to Israel. In doing so, would leave the small Middle East democracy to the wolves.

Jackson Pearson on July 17, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Why should the U.S. have to support Israel? If they can’t stand on their own they do not deserve to be a nation.

    Dovit on October 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm

OBAMA is a MIRAGE. That’s right he is…not real. He is like a “see and say”, you remember those from “back in the day” whereby you point the red arrow at a topic and pull the string and it “says” something about that topic?, that keeps changing his views on topics…including people of Jewish heritage.
OBAMA, in all reality, has never accomplished anything that required SACRIFICE or “taking a stand”. By the way what kind of “spin” is calling oneself a “community organizer”. Where are the RESULTS of this organizing?
OBAMA went to a PRIVATE SCHOOL bought and paid for by his rich Grandparents (as Daddy was nowhere to be found) and then went to an IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE.
He CHOSE to “move to Chicago”…wonder why that was?
I will give OBAMA, as I would any of God’s creations and God does not make mistakes, respect and my hopes for success. However, what OBAMA does and/or does not do will NOT be limited to just affecting him. As President what he does, or does not do, will affect all of us. I don’t want to take that chance on someone who has done NOTHING in the Senate except “run for President”.
He didn’t know that he was getting $300,000.00 LESS for the property he owned. He didn’t know that his Pastor, mentor, of OVER 20 years was RACIST? Come on!
I don’t have much “hope” for McCain but one thing I know for sure…that man sticks to his convictions. He was TORTURED for years because he stood/laid/suffered for what he believed in.
There is NO “choice” between McCain and OBAMA. OBAMAs’ OWN BROTHER (half brother actually) says that OBAMA was (as a child) made to study the Koran and to go to Mosque. WHY, WHY, WHY does OBAMA deny this? Why does he distance himself from it? WHY does he not EVER expound on the FACT that he is (a) HALF WHITE (one parent was white and the other was African American) and (b) who he is – and where he is – because of his GRANDPARENTS who he ROLLED UNDER THE BUS a few months ago.
He can’t even SOLVE, or (worse even) attempt to solve, the PROBLEMS at his own church. He “gives up” and “resigns”. What character…and/or lack of.
If you think things are “bad now” just wait if OBAMA gets elected.
Again, I wish OBAMA “the best”…but not as my President. Nuff said.
NOSTRADAMUSLIVES by Jeffrey Schrembs

Nostradamus on July 17, 2008 at 3:23 am

I want a yarmulke with:
“Get Real……!!
Debbie Schlussel 08”
A logo of you with your glock would go nicely too.

BB on July 17, 2008 at 8:07 am

This article is classic!
How about one of Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah and Olmert dancing the Horah!

I_am_me on July 17, 2008 at 8:08 am

…they force all the Presidential candidates to temporarily don…
I never got this either. One of the standard answers I get when I have this discussion with a liberal Jew is, “It’s a sign of respect.” How is it a sign of respect to be forced to take a Jewish practice that has no meaning or relevance to the gentile upon which the practice is being forced? Would it be a sign of respect for a Jew to take communion when going into a church? (Being Jewish I don’t know, but I would think not.)

verbatim on July 17, 2008 at 8:24 am

I think the Obama “Pampers for Change” is a much better concept. It’ll be the first thing he’ll need if G-d forbid he ends up in office, cause the Good Lord know just how much we need a wet behind the ears president with diaper rash.

currambrooklyn on July 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

Good post! I have one suggestion, though: The photo of John Banner as Sgt. Schulz really does a disservice to the late Mr. Banner (as well as the other native German speakers who were on “Hogan’s Heroes”). Banner was an Austrian Jew who managed to get out of Austria just after the anschluss. His character, Sgt. Schulz, wasn’t a Nazi, but was a Luftwaffe sergeant who was apolitical. When he was asked about why there were so many Jewish actors portraying German and Nazi characters on “Hogan’s Heroes” he said “Who better than a Jew to make fun of the Nazis?”
Werner Klemperer (“Col. Klink”) was a Halbjude who also got out of Germany with his family after Hitler got into power, and then served with distinction in the US Army in WWII. He took the part of Klink on the stipulation that Klink not be a Nazi (he was depicted as being minor Prussian aristocracy), and that the character basically be a buffoon. Leon Askin (“Gen. Burkhalter”) was, like Banner, Austrian and spent time in a concentration camp following the Anschluss. He also got out of Austria and made it to the United States. When the US entered WWII, he joined the Army Air Forces and it wasn’t long after he completed his training when he found out that his parents were killed in Treblinka. His character of Gen. Burkhalter was depicted as just being a loyal German, one who would have been a soldier regardless of whether it was the Weimar Republic or if Hitler was Fuehrer. The only major character who was specifically a Nazi was Howard Caine’s role of Sturmbannfuehrer (Major) Hochstetter.
Caine was a Jewish American originally from Tennessee, spoke several languages (German among them), served in the US Navy in WWII, and was a master of the Appalachian five string banjo. His character was openly acknowledged as being a Nazi when he stated after a serious mistake that he had joined the party in 1933. Hochstetter was never depicted as a buffoon, or as being funny…rather, he was a cunning and dangerous (albeit comedically portrayed) character, whereas the German military characters were given somewhat less dangerous aspects. The Nazis were never shown as being anything less than deadly on “Hogan’s Heroes.”
One other actor, Robert Clary, spent time in a concentration camp. I believe he was imprisoned in Buchenwald, and most of his family was gassed by the Nazis.
I guess what I’m saying is that better than John Banner, you could have used a picture of Goebbels or Himmler on the first yarmulke…THAT would have shown more accurately the true idiocy of these people who are supporting an anti-Semite like Obama. I’m Catholic, and there’s no way possible I could back this clown…his pro-fetal murder position alone is enough to render him unpalatable to me, but also his anti-Christian “Christian” church, his pro-terrorist stance on the War, his apparent love of Hamas and that ilk…maybe someone should make an Obamafix for Catholics who are stupid enough to support this jerk…
Sorry for the rant. If this guy gets in, we’re all up the creek, without a paddle, a canoe or water.

Sharps Rifle on July 17, 2008 at 9:08 am

Sharps, thank you for the Hogans Heroes trivia. I knew about Banner but not about the rest.
Obviously the intent of the Sgt. Schultz kippa [DS: “kippa” is a nother word for yarmulke] is to say about the wearer that he knows nothing and sees nothing. I daresay that Banner’s popularization of this slogan might in itself had been intended to convey Banner’s message of bitter cycnicism toward the Austrians and the Germans. Think about it.

Shy Guy on July 17, 2008 at 9:47 am

EEEEEK! verbatim, it would be a sacrilegious sign of COMPLETE disrespect for a non-Catholic to partake in Holy Communion. Holy Communion is a Sacrament. What you are suggestion would be the same as you coming to Mass with a friend and attempting to be Baptized or get married ìas a sign of respectî. I canít even being to explain how offensive it would be. I know nothing about covering ones head in Temple. Could you please explain its significance of it when done by Jews and also non-Jews? Thanks.

dm60462 on July 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

Smart Jews are clearly rejecting the “guilt-by-association” nonsense advanced by this website. Smart Jews know that having your picture taken with someone doesn’t mean you’re in lockstep with their beliefs. Smart Jews reject the “inside source” in Ms. Schlussel’s first “Obama-Nation of Islam” story. In a follow-up, Debbie herself couldn’t believe the source anymore. Smart Jews can clearly see that Obama is the smarter, and better choice, of the two candidates.
Get used to it: “President Obama”, until 2016.

Audacious on July 17, 2008 at 11:57 am

By Audacious’s logic, “smart” Jews ain’t so smart.
By most people’s logic, ’tis Audacious who ain’t so smart.

I_am_me on July 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I hope the choice isn’t between suicide & slow death; I guess we’ll find out. Looks like you predicted Audacious’s post pretty well. Bad as trends were a generation ago, they’re much worse now. A generation or two ago some theologians were lamenting that the only thing that held Jews together was concern for Israel, and not Jewish religious traditions. Now, a concern for Israel doesn’t hold too many Jewish people together & what holds them together is a concern for the Jewish social welfare bureaucracy & the narcissistic values that Hussein espouses. If they like him so much maybe they can pay all the higher taxes he will promote so we won’t have to, but no, they’ll try to weasel out of that.

c f on July 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Audacious is a great example of the moronic Obama hero worship Debbie is talking about:
1) no reference in the post about having your picture taken with anyone
2) obviously wearing a yarmulke with a candidate’s name on it shows support for that candiate. Even Audacious should be abe to understand that. If that is ‘association’ it is certainly appropriate. BTW, the attacks on the concept of guilt-by-association are totally misplaced. You can quite often judge someone by their associates. Back to the McCarhy era, one of the ways Communists became known is because they associated, or married, or had other relationships with other Communists. Nothing wrong with guilt by association. If the shoe fits…
Finally, who the hell is Audacious to talk about Smart Jews. This person certainly isn’t smart, probably isn’t Jewish, and has a hell of a lot of nerve putting himself in a position telling any Jewish people what to do. This condescending attitude masks (but the mask is coming off) a clear anti-Semitic attitude.

c f on July 17, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I think it’s time I got an old magnetic dashboard statue of the Blessed Virgin holding up a placard saying “I heart McCain” and watch the liberal reaction to THAT!
The very fact that someone uses any form of icon, imagery or symbol of their faith in that way truely tells me that they mock their own beliefs. I seriously doubt that the Almighty needs to “look down” and see the top of anyone’s head telling Him who to vote for….

Mistress_Dee on July 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Jews supporting a musilm for dictatorship of this country? How blind can one be?

savage supporter on July 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm

on the Upper West Side of Manhattan there is an uber liberal synagogue called B’nai Jesharun with 2 very leftist Rabbis from Argentina. I would not be surprised if they give out Obamakas or ultimately a yarmulke with the Palestinian flag on it. These peoples religion is not Judaism but Socialism.

Ripper on July 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm

to dm60462,
Sorry my example wasn’t as tight as it could have been, I’m an Orthodox Jew and don’t know much about Catholicism or Christianity.
As Debbie mentioned, the yarmulke/kippah is a sign of humility that we use to constantly remind us that there is G-d above us (and all around us, for that matter). We don’t just wear it in the synagogue or on a holiday. We Jews who take G-d seriously (as it sound like you do too) wear it all the time: to work, to play basketball, etc….
I’m not sure where Debbie got this from, “Orthodox Jews wear them always, except in the bathroom and bed,” but I’ve never heard this. I wear mine when I’m in the bathroom; it’s just another room that I might make use of during the course of a day. As for the bed, there are some people that wear them to bed, too.
Debbie, from where did you hear this idea?

verbatim on July 17, 2008 at 7:21 pm

In regards to a skillcap The Shulchan Aruch came after the talmud so and even the talmud has to quote the bible or it is a Rabbinic Law which don’t have the same weight as biblical law (and I am disturbed how Judaism has become Rabbism that even good Rabbi’s are sometimes wrong and are affected by bias even if they are right MOST of the time and I don’t understand this trying to prove that everything a Rabbi says has a deeper meaning when the Rabbi could just be wrong sometimes which sometimes it seems they are and it isn’t the end of Judaism and we aren’t suppose to believe Rabbi’s are G-d and infallable. They are to explain the bible through the talmud not make up their own rules). I don’t think the Shulchan Aruch even quotes the talmud so it isn’t even oral law in the talmud. I don’t wear my Yamaka a lot and I dress in a conservative way generally but I don’t see the point of sticking out like a sore thumb for a custom which is a nice custom but still is a custom.
I just went to a single weekend in Silver Spring, MD and my Orthodox Jewish host had these Obama stickers and obama boards in his house for change which I guess was odd and we were pretty suprised the three of us who were put up in this home in Silver Spring, MD.

adam6275 on July 17, 2008 at 8:15 pm

For what it’s worth, Debbie, I don’t think these come from the Obama campaign.
I found them listed here:
And notice, the company has one for McCain as well.
Tacky, classless, and borderline blasphemous — but I don’t think we can particularly put this one on Obama directly — or on McCain, either.

Rhymes With Right on July 18, 2008 at 12:08 am

I couldn’t remember the exact citation before, but, for those who are interested to learn about why some Jewsih people wear Yarmulke’s pelase go to Aish.com or click on the following link http://www.aish.com/literacy/mitzvahs/Kippah_A_Blessing_On_Your_Head.asp

OneIrishJew on July 18, 2008 at 12:12 am

Debbie, the reason these candidates wear the ugly satin kippot at Conservative and Reform synagogues (and probably even Orthodox) is that is what is in the yarmulke box when they walk in-left overs from a zillon bar mitzvahs.Their handlers are not Jewish and have no idea that there are much more esthetic alternatives. Joe Lieberman could help them out with that. BTW, I remember back when Jimmah Peanut was running for President the news showed him visiting Temple Emmanuel in NYC. He wore a black, pointy “conehead” kippah perched on the top of his head like a duncecap. The next scene on the news was that he went to a Baptist church. I could never forget the yucky feeling that he was going to the church to clean off the Jewish dirt. Time has shown that my gut feeling was right on.
Shabbat Shalom and keep up your wonderful work!

The Rebbitzen on July 18, 2008 at 11:10 am

I am not a supporter of Barack Obama because he supports killing babies in their first nine months through abortion. At the same time, while I would never vote for him because of that crime against life, I don’t think its very to say he’s some extremist. He may very well have Muslim roots and I don’t doubt that. Yet why is that a bad thing as I feel most Muslims are wonderful people. The terrorists do not stand for what most good American Muslims believe. This is just the same as in my church, The Roman Catholic Church, the pedophile priests are very few and don’t stand for most priests who are wonderful people. So I shame Obama for supporting the deaths of children through abortion, but I have no problem with his Islamic roots as I think most Muslims are good peacemakers just as I am sure most people would agree with me on.

Election08 on July 21, 2008 at 1:05 am

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