Description Grace after Meals Birkat HaMazonIt is with great joy and thanks to the Holy One Blessed be He, that Ellen Miller Braun and family shares this micro calligraphy creation with you. This magnificently flowing design was created for the wedding of Ellens daughter. The delicate, graceful flowers, along with the seven species (grape, fig, pomegranate, olive, date, wheat and barley), form the shape of a beautiful wedding canopy.Even at our happiest moments, we are invoked to remember Jerusalem and place the memory of the destruction above all. Thus, a rebuilt Jerusalem fills the wine goblet in the center of the piece. The text of the goblet includes the blessing of the miracle of Chanuka when the Temple was rededicated after the successful Maccabean revolt. The seven special blessings, recited for the Bride and Groom in celebration of their marriage, are also included here. One of the blessings is the blessing over wine as wine is a symbol of joy and celebration. Besides the main body of text, this elegant, original, Grace After Meals includes:Shir HaShirim-Psalms 126- a song of ascents, when HaShem will return us from captivity to Zion.Al HaNissim-On the Miracles: Prayer of thanks for the miracles of Chanuka and Purim.Shabbat (Sabbath) blessing and Yaaleh Vyavo-Blessings over the new month and Festivals.Bracha Achrona/Meyain Shalosh-The Three Faceted Blessing: A condensed version of the three scripturally ordained blessings recited when one or more of the seven species is eaten, but not with, or in, bread form.Boreh Nefashot-Blessing recited after eating/drinking items not from the seven species (and when not eaten with bread).BIRKAT HAMAZON Grace After Meals: This main text comes from Deuteronomy 8:10 as it is written: And then, when you have eaten and are satisfied, bless G-d for the good land which He has given you. This Biblical commandment is the basis for Birkat HaMazon, the Grace recited after eating bread made from wheat, barley, spelt, oa
Ellen Braun, Karnei Shomron, Israel Member Since August 2014 Artist Statement 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. Ardent Zionists, Ellen and her husband decided to follow their heart felt dream and moved to Israel with their children in 1983. Ellen and her family now live in Ginot Shomron, in the Biblical hills of Samaria. Ellen’s inspiration comes directly from Hashem, G-d, and reflects her love of her wonderful, growing family and living in Israel. All of this joins together with her deep dedication of Torah and an observant Jewish lifestyle.
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. This was another form of art that showed the painstaking dedication she has to her craft. While these figures were quite popular both in Israel and around the world, as Ellen puts it, “Hashem had new plans for me. One day I woke and the need to do this (micro calligraphy) descended and enveloped me. However, I am a person who needs time to think things over and I wasn’t ready to do something like this at that point in my already busy life. I decided not to say anything to anyone, because I knew if I did, my husband would be taking me to go get my supplies that minute!” 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. Ellen knows that G-d was guiding her on this new journey. The first piece she created was Shir Ha Shirim - the idea was just there. 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, Her exquisite designs are sold as both numbered, limited fine art reproductions, and non-numbered editions, which can be viewed in her Gallery. Ellen also has created numerous pieces for private collections.
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.