Woman of Valor – Proverbs 31:10-31 – Eshet Chayil

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Matriarch Sarah is sitting by her tent
The prophetess Miriam rejoices with her tambourine.
Ruth gathers sheaves of wheat
Above Ruth is Queen Esther in her regal garb
The prophetess Deborah holds her scales, with her palm tree behind her.

The text of Woman of Valor is written 30 times. 12 + 18. 12 for Bat Mitzvah…the age a girl starts her journey to become a righteous women in her own rite, plus “Chai” which means “Life.”

Proverbs 31:10-31 – Full description beneath the video clips below.

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Video Clip: Woman of Valor Calligraphy Design

Video Clip: All calligraphy designs by Ellen Miller Braun

Video Clip: Section Enlargements of calligraphy designs

This passage created in micro calligraphy is a hymn to the perfect wife, the backbone of the home. Jewish tradition sees this chapter allegorically, as a reference to G-d’s Spirit, the Sabbath, the Torah, the soul, and wisdom. Choosing the Jewish woman as the image through which to describe such moving spiritual concepts is a profound tribute to her.

The Hebrew word for “valor” — chayil — as it is used in Scripture, has many interchangeable definitions: accomplishment, strength, organized military force, skill, general competence, devoutness, righteousness and wealth. It implies the existence of those characteristics that are needed to accomplish whatever task is at hand.
Ellen Miller Braun chose each of the five Biblical women forming this beautiful and unique panorama because they personify the ideal of the “Woman of Valor.” Each of these women is a constant source of inspiration for women, then and now:

The Matriarch Sarah

The cloud of G-d’s Presence casts an everlasting cooling shade over the Matriarch Sarah, as she sits working before her desert tent (Genesis 24:67, Rashi). Sarah sits grinding wheat for bread to feed the always-welcome guest (Genesis 18:2-7). Over her shoulder, the Sabbath candles, miraculously staying lit from one Sabbath lighting to the next (Genesis 24:67, Rashi), blaze forth the guiding light of the righteous.

Miriam the Prophetess

Miriam, Moses’ sister, bursts forth in song and dance, guiding and leading the women of Israel in praise and thanks to G-d after successfully crossing the Red Sea, depicted by the column of water. The blue, pure water also symbolizes Miriam’s righteousness. As long as she was alive, there was always drinking water flowing from the rock during the Jews’ forty-year journey in the wilderness. (Exodus 15:20-22, Numbers 20:1-2).

Ruth, the Mother of Royalty

Ruth, modest yet strong, collects wheat to feed herself and impoverished mother-in-law, Naomi. Because of her modesty and righteousness, G-d chooses Ruth to be the matriarch of the Davidic line. Ruth’s devoutness is inherited by her great grandson, King David, who with G-d’s help will be fully manifest in their royal descendant, the Messiah (The Book of Ruth).

Queen Esther

This modest Jewish maiden becomes the Queen of Persia, and is therefore depicted here in traditional Persian costume.Together with the hidden hand of G-d, Esther leads her people from certain death to victory over their enemies. Thanks to her influence and competence, the chosen People become the moral leaders of their time.

Queen Esther had two names: Esther, her Persian name, and Hadassah, her Hebrew name. Though the name Esther is Persian, it is phonetically similar to the Hebrew word for “hidden” — hester. Its significance in the story of Purim is that, in it, the hand of G-d was “hidden.” Unlike other times when the Jews were delivered from their enemies, there were no overt miracles. G-d’s involvement was manifested in hidden and earthly ways.

Hadassah is the feminized version of the word for “myrtle” –hadas. The myrtle leaf is shaped like an eye – representing G-d’s watchful eye over Queen Esther and over his chosen people (The Book of Esther).

Deborah, Prophetess and Judge

Both prophetess and judge, Deborah holds a unique place in Biblical history. She surges forward, ready to join general Barak on the battlefield. Deborah is depicted here before her palm tree, where she sat in judgment, holding a balance, the symbol of her title as judge. She thrusts the judge’s scales towards the heavens, beseeching G-d to guide her in her honorable decisions (Judges 4:4-14; 5:1-31).

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Ellen Miller Braun was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Drawing on her natural talent, Ellen studied fine arts at Northeastern Illinois University. Ellen and her husband decided to follow their heart felt dream and moved to Israel with their children in 1983. Ellen’s inspiration comes directly from G-d, and reflects her love of her wonderful, growing family and living in Israel.

The story of how Ellen began creating micro calligraphy is almost as inspiring as the works of art themselves. Before Ellen began creating these amazing works, she was already a world class artist creating soft sculptures of whimsical Chassidic figures as well as familiar Political and Biblical characters.
One day I woke and the need to do this (micro calligraphy) descended and enveloped me. Two weeks later, Ellen’s husband got a call from one of his friends in California. They wanted to start marketing micrography in their area and asked for Eliezer’s help finding suppliers. Once Ellen heard this, she understood the gift she was being given. She told her husband about doing micro calligraphy herself… and the rest as they say, is history.

Even with her extensive art background, Ellen really just took it one step at a time. Each time she developed a piece she learned something new, starting with the fact that she is the only one in the world to use a calligraphy pen and water color paint to create her pieces. Some of the original pieces taking as much as 11 months to create. The first piece she created was Shir Ha Shirim – . The next two pieces, Ezekiel 36 and Lion of Judah, came as suggestions from her husband. Ellen began creating her micro calligraphy art in 1999, They are available as numbered and signed limited Giclee editions printed on acid free archival quality paper.

Ellen’s unique micro calligraphy art can be found throughout the world, bringing inspiration, hope and joy to people from all backgrounds. Her work is featured in both public and private venues and has also been included as a page in a special women’s prayer book, “Ani Le’ Dodi V’Dodi Li” and as a teaching tool in a Jewish school text book.
Ellen Miller Braun was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Drawing on her natural talent, Ellen studied fine arts at Northeastern Illinois University. Ellen and her husband decided to follow their heart felt dream and moved to Israel with their children in 1983. Ellen’s inspiration comes directly from G-d, and reflects her love of her wonderful, growing family and living in Israel.

The story of how Ellen began creating micro calligraphy is almost as inspiring as the works of art themselves. Before Ellen began creating these amazing works, she was already a world class artist creating soft sculptures of whimsical Chassidic figures as well as familiar Political and Biblical characters.
One day I woke and the need to do this (micro calligraphy) descended and enveloped me. Two weeks later, Ellen’s husband got a call from one of his friends in California. They wanted to start marketing micrography in their area and asked for Eliezer’s help finding suppliers. Once Ellen heard this, she understood the gift she was being given. She told her husband about doing micro calligraphy herself… and the rest as they say, is history.

Even with her extensive art background, Ellen really just took it one step at a time. Each time she developed a piece she learned something new, starting with the fact that she is the only one in the world to use a calligraphy pen and water color paint to create her pieces. Some pieces taking as much as 11 months to create. The first piece she created was Shir Ha Shirim – . The next two pieces, Ezekiel 36 and Lion of Judah, came as suggestions from her husband. Ellen began creating her micro calligraphy art in 1999, They are available as digital reproductions as well as numbered limited Giclee editions (Please send me a note if interested in the numbered Giclee editions)

Ellen’s unique micro calligraphy art can be found throughout the world, bringing inspiration, hope and joy to people from all backgrounds. Her work is featured in both public and private venues and has also been included as a page in a special women’s prayer book, “Ani Le’ Dodi V’Dodi Li” and as a teaching tool in a Jewish school text book.

In addition Ellen lectures on the development of this fascinating Jewish art form, bringing another layer of insight to the history of Israel and the Jewish people.

In addition Ellen lectures on the development of this fascinating Jewish art form, bringing another layer of insight to the history of Israel and the Jewish people.