This wimpel was first created in Sacramento, California, in July 1979, preceding the birth of Rachel Kaplan on August 29, 1979. Colored pens, pencils and embroidery are incorporated throughout this always growing design. Over the years, with the inclusion of each simcha in Rachel's life, this wimpel has continued in the performance of its duty to provide a chronology of her Jewish growth. When it was first conceived, there was no preconceived idea that it would take on a life of its own. In some parts of Rachel's wimpel, the congestion of data reflects the need to create a wimpel with open spaces, left vacant for future growth.
Details have been added that include Rachel's family linage.
The Hebrew word 'Shalom' flanks the central prayer, along with personal detail to support it. The prayers focus remains a priority, that Rachel grows to the study (of) Torah, be married under the chuppah (make a Jewish home) and perform good deeds.
Graphic symbols and text relevant to Rachel's history enhance this wimpel. Her embroidered name (in Hebrew), with the hands of the Kohanim, reflect upon her paternal heritage.
Rachel displays her wimpel at synagogue, with the support of family and congregational members. It had been removed from binding the Torah scroll.
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