by Robert Kalfus
Yonkers resident Malkah Kaplan recently presented a Torah mantle cover which she created to honor of the memory of her spouse Dovid Kaplan to Lincoln Park Jewish Center in Yonkers. “The Torah mantle cover has many symbols which represent aspects of Judaism and Jewish observance which were of great importance to my husband Dovid, who owned several large tallisim (prayer shawls), ”said Kaplan. “Dovid enjoyed wearing large tallisim 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 tallisim 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,” she added.
“Dovid often told me that he was unable to stay home to pray because he could pray best 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,” Kaplan noted.
“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,” Kaplan explained.
Dovid Kaplan took a military leave of absence from his work in the NYC Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and enlisted in the US 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 often donated American flags to proudly fly at Lincoln Park Jewish Center.