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Dressing the Torah


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See another Torah wimpel:


c. 1836
Undyed linen with silk embroidery
7 x 90 inches
Gift of Adriana Baker and Family, 2009

Yehuda Limhener was born in the summer of 1836 to the same German family as David, born 33 years earlier, whose wimpel is
also in the Museum’s collection. Yehuda’s wimpel, seen here, carries a
similar blessing, asking that he follow the teachings of the Torah and,
one day, be married and do good deeds. Yehuda’s mother, or perhaps his
grandmother, traced the outlines of the Hebrew blessing with
multicolored silk thread, and added a few decorations along the way, including a lion to represent the boy’s zodiac sign, Leo.

Wimpels play a role in dressing the Torah. Families sometimes offered
a son’s wimpel to their synagogue to be used to bind the Torah. By
tradition, they were used for that purpose at a young man’s bar mitzvah,
and then draped across the chuppah (marriage canopy) when he married.

Like the other wimpel in the Museum’s collection, this one was
donated by Yehuda’s descendants, who had handed it down through many

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