R’ Haskel Lookstein is a respected figure, albeit on the left side of Centrist Orthodoxy. I had posted about wearing a Yarmulka B’Davka and suggested that even those who don’t normally wear one, should undertake to wear one especially in this day and age when we are under attack. Afraid to be seen you are Jewish?
I was shocked that R’ Lookstein had suggested parents consider telling their kids to wear baseball caps. Perhaps it’s mandated according to Halacha: one shouldn’t place oneself in a dangerous position. My Zayda Yidel ע’’ה always expressed discomfort when I left the house wearing a Yarmulka, and not a hat. He was a miraculous holocaust survivor, and I was his grandchild. I was one of the few Balbin males. He was agitated if I “flaunted” my Jewishness unecessarily. I understood his feelings. My attitude was that I would never be afraid of גוים who hated me because I was Jewish. He had suffered, but I somehow wanted someone to start with me so I could exact some macabre revenge. Sorry Zayda. Forgive me.
I was pleased to see that R’ Lookstein had recanted, changing his mind. Although not quite advocating what I suggested, which was more of an aggressive “in your face, anti-semite” sentiment, he at least saw that his Galusdik approach was retrograde.