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Lot #    7311
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 10:34:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Torah Binder (Wimpeln)
Author    [Germany]?
Publication Date    1878
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   3,413: 216 mm., some staining.
          
Detailed
Description
   Torah Binder made from a baby boys swaddling cloth (Wimpeln). This binder has the childs name and text embroidered in several colors, stating:

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(Meshullam ben Eliakim shlita born on erev Shabbat Kodesh the second day of Pesah 638 (Friday 19 April, 1878). May the Lord [bless him] to grow to Torah, huppah, and good deeds, Amen. Within the letters the upper and lower parts are joined by different colored connectors and there are additional frames between the above words with text, for example, between Torah and huppah are two sides of a scroll with the word Torah.

The custom in Ashkenaz (Germany) was to take the linen swaddling cloths used at circumcisions and to dedicate them as Torah binders at the time of his first visit to the synagogue or on a similar occasion. The cloth was cut into strips, which were joined to form a long runner. This was embroidered or stencil-painted with the child's name and marriage), and maasim tovim (good deeds), and often with pictorial representations pertinent to these subjects. When the little boy (at four or five) first visited the synagogue he brought this wrapper to the Torah; at his bar mitzvah the Torah read from was clothed in his wrapper.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; Treasures of Jewish Museum p. 116.
        
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19th Century:    Checked
  
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Germany:    Checked
  
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