A decorative garment in the form of a long sash made from the baby's swaddling cloth. In pre-Shoah (pre-Holocasut) Eastern Europe, fabric from the clothing that swaddled an infant at his b'rit milah was made into a wimple that could be used as a Torah binder. The wimple was used to wrap the Torah at the child's consecration and at his bar mitzvah, and was included in the fabric to make the wedding chuppah. Almost extinguished during the Shoah, the tradition of the wimple has been revived in contemporary Jewish culture. Now, Jewish parents and grandparents make wimples for both boys and girls. Sometimes the wimple is still made from the swaddling cloth. More commonly now, the baby is swaddled in the wimple itself.
"Phylacteries." Leather boxes and straps worn by religious Jews daily except on Shabbat, holidays, and fast days. "Laying tefillin" is the expression commonly used for putting them on.
Lit. "Book of the Torah" and refers to the Torah scroll with the five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).
Container for collecting money for charitable purposes. It is customary to place money in a tzedakah box prior to candlelighting in the home.
"Hand;" a ritual pointer used when reading Torah or other Hebrew scrolls.
"Torah;" the Five Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and everything that flows from it (i.e., Judaism); handwritten scroll that contains the Five Books of Moses. The "Torah Tradition" refers to all Jewish literature. Lit. "instruction."
Seven- or nine-branched candelabra; commonly refers to the nine-branched Hanukkah lamp; plural: menorot.
The case in which a k'laf is placed before it is affixed to a doorpost.
"Phylacteries" (Greek); small leather boxes that contain verses of Torah and are bound to the forehead, arm and hand during worship, primarily in traditional communities.
A date palm frond with myrtle and willow sprigs attached; used in Sukkot rituals.