wimpel

Alternative Spellings

vimpel

Definitions

  • a long, linen sash used as a binding for the Sefer Torah by Jews of German (Yekke) origin

Example Sentences

  • The Sefer Torah was bound with a Wimpel.

Languages of Origin

Western Yiddish/German

Etymology

Yid. װימפּל vimpl, cognate of German "cloth," derived from Old German, bewimfen, meaning "to cover up" or "conceal"

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Yekkes

Regions

North America, Great Britain

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimpel. Mentioned in the JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words under entry for "gartl."

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