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Kern Family Tefillin Bag and Wimple

 Collection
Identifier: B189
Sarah Kahn made a traditional wimple made from the swaddling cloths of Yaacov Ben Naftali Kahn from Boppard, Germany, in 1899. d to the Hupah (marriage canopy) and to good deeds. Amen. Selah." When the Kahn family came to America in 1938, they changed their name to Kern. In 1940, Charles Kern, Yaacov's brother, married Edith Stern in New York City and the couple moved to Denver, Colorado. Edith Stern was born in Germany in 1914 and emigrated to the United States in 1935. She died in Denver in 2016 at the age of 101.

Dates

  • between 1895-1930

Creator

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes)

Scope and Contents

Traditional wimple made from the swaddling cloths of Yaacov Ben Naftali Kahn from Boppard, Germany, donated by his sister-in-law Edith Kern. The wimple is ornately embroidered with Hebrew text. The embroidery reads in Hebrew: "Yaakov bar (son of) Naftali the Cohen was born with good fortune on Sunday, the 19th of Iyar 5659, (April 29-30, 1899) May God make him grow in (or) raise him to Torah and to the Hupah (marriage canopy) and to good deeds. Amen. Selah."









Wimples are used to wrap around Torah scrolls. The collection also contains a book of flowers from the Holy Lands (circa 1925) and a Tefillin Bag from 1895 to 1930.

Biographical / Historical

The wimple was developed in early medieval Europe and is a female headdress worn to cover the hair of married women.Traditional wimple made from the swaddling cloths of Yaacov Ben Naftali Kahn from Boppard, Germany, donated by his sister-in-law Edith Kern. The wimple is ornately embroidered with Hebrew text. The embroidery reads in Hebrew: "Yaakov bar (son of) Naftali the Cohen was born with good fortune on Sunday, the 19th of Iyar 5659, (April 29-30, 1899) May God make him grow in (or) raise him to Torah and to the Hupah (marriage canopy) and to good deeds. Amen. Selah."

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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