June 2016

IYAR – SIVAN 5776

from The Hiddur Mitzvah Project

TORAH BINDERS

The first mention of Torah binders, called mappen, is from a 16th-century German text where they are described as beautifully embroidered wraps. Another German text uses the term wimple, made from the swaddling cloth worn by an infant at his brit milah. Today, the tradition continues of crafting Torah binders to use at family occasions, creating an ongoing family heirloom.

There are no hard and fast rules for the length or width of a Torah binder and the design elements and the media are yours to choose. Let your creative juices flow and be courageous in your expression of beauty.

For more on the history and directions of Torah binders, see the Women’s League Hiddur Mitzvah Project.