Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yonkers resident Malkah Kaplan presents a custom Torah cover to the Lincoln Park Jewish Center to honor the memory of her husband, Dovid Kaplan, who lived a life of Torah and Jewish observance. The Torah cover displays the holy objects that illuminated the path of his life. (credit: Robert Kalfus)

Yonkers resident Malkah Kaplan presented a Torah mantle cover she created to honor the memory of her spouse, Dovid Kaplan. “The Torah mantle cover’s many symbols represents aspects of Judaism and Jewish observance that were of great importance to my husband Dovid, who owned several large talleisim (prayer shawls),” said Ms. Kaplan. “Dovid enjoyed wearing large talleisim because he was tall, a large man, who himself was a kohen, a member of the family of priests descended from the family of Aaron, brother of Moses. The prayer shawl motif in the middle represents one of the several talleisim that he owned and enjoyed wearing during daily prayer and on Jewish holidays. On top of the tallit is a representation of the Holy Temple that stood in Jerusalem. The small palm tree in the lower right corner recalls our many vacations in Tiberias, on the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee). Next to the palm tree are the Ten Commandments, the foundation and stability of his life, by whose precepts, laws and examples he lived.

“Dovid often told me that he was unable to stay home to pray because he could pray best only when he was close to the Torah in the synagogue, so I had this Torah mantle cover created, to honor the Torah and to be in the place he loved the most, his synagogue, the Lincoln Park Jewish Center, where we were members for 12 years,” noted Ms. Kaplan.

“The lovely Torah mantle is completely custom-made, created at the Tova Embroidery Company in the city of Bnei Brak, Israel, where I worked with their designers to create a fitting and beautiful tribute to the memory of my husband, to whom I was married for 17 years,” said Ms. Kaplan.

Dovid Kaplan took a military leave of absence from the NYC Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 18, 1969, volunteering to serve three years, 1969 to 1972, and served one 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam, July 1, 1970, through June 30, 1971. Mr. Kaplan was a Vietnam veteran, a member of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He and his wife were married for 17 years, and often donated American flags to proudly fly at the Lincoln Park Jewish Center.

By Robert Kalfus

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