Celebrate Your Life Cycle Events
Definition of a Wimpel:
A Personalized Torah Binder, designed and created for an individual, couple, family or organization at the time of birth, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Wedding or Conversion; to use for binding the Torah Scroll in celebration of any Simcha or Life Cycle event; record of chronological Jewish events in the life of an individual, couple, family or organization.
This is an invitation for you, the reader, to contact us and ask about this curious custom. Ask about the emotional and spiritual cohesiveness provided to a family when gathering personal history data and the discovery of their genealogical connections with other family members. Inquire about the 365-year-old history of the wimpel. Learn how the wimpel became one of the few Jewish links in a broken family and secured the identity of a young college coed. Be inspired to hear how a wimpel, that was thought to have been destroyed by the Holocaust, found its way to Israel and its owner, with the one clue of the inscription of the date of its first binding to the Torah. You will learn about the unique Torah , Bat Mitzvahbinding service and how the use of this tool for celebration will enhance your life cycle events. Each Jew has a story to tell and is encouraged to bring that identity and essence to the Torah and share it in celebration. You might even be inspired to add your wimpel story for others to enjoy.
As you can see, the saga of the Wimpel demonstrates the literal meaning of a folk custom. This uniquely designed strip of fabric accompanies the owner through his/her history with each celebrated and inscribed life cycle event and utilized to bind the Torah scroll. Its inscribed prayer includes the blessing to study Torah/Jewish culture, marry under the Chuppah/create a Jewish home and to perform good deeds.
On August 29, 1992, three generations display Rachel’s Wimpel during her Bat Mitzvah service. It was originally created 13 years prior and presented to the Mosaic Law Congregation at the time of her birth. Left to right: Bernice Levin McFarland, grandmother, Bonnie Jean Kaplan, mother, Rachel Liorah Miller Kaplan, Bat Mitzvah
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