Skullcap, Kippah, or Yarmulke?

Three different words for the same Jewish head covering. Are they interchangeable?


A protester in Marseilles holds a kippah made of paper and a sign reading “Don’t touch my kippah” and “Don’t touch my pal.” ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images.
A protester in Marseilles holds a kippah made of paper and a sign reading “Don’t touch my kippah” and “Don’t touch my pal.” ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images.
Observation
Jan. 27 2016
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