Description The name of Israel's national anthem is Hatikva, 'The Hope,' written in 1882 by Naphtali Herz Imber (1856-1909) and published in 1886.Hatikva was officially confirmed as the Zionist anthem at the 18th Zionist Congress in Prague in 1933. Hatikva was sung at the opening ceremony of the Declaration of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.The Hope:As long as deep in the heartThe soul of a Jew yearnsAnd forward to the EastTo Zion, an eye looksOur hope will not be lostThe hope of two thousand yearsTo be a free nation in our Land,The land of Zion and Jerusalem.Hatikva:Kol ode balevav p'nimahNefesh Yehudi homee-yahUl'fa'atey Mizrach kadimahAyin l'Tzion tzofee-yahOde lo avdah tikvatenuHatikva bat shnote alpayimL'heeyot am chofshee b'artzeinuEretz Tzion v'YerushalayimDuring two thousand years of exile from Jerusalem and Israel, the Jewish people continuously prayed for their return home. The few Jews allowed to remain living in the land were not free, and prayed for their renewed independence.During prayers, Jews living outside of Israel face the direction of Israel. Those praying within Israel face towards Jerusalem. Therefore, the words of Hatikva have a timeless relevance for Jews everywhere. It reverberates with the hope of the Jewish people, through the long years of exile, to be reunited in their homeland, Israel, an independent sovereign state.Writing the words of Hatikva repeatedly in micro calligraphy, Ellen Miller Braun created a strikingly moving, emotionally charged dual image that combines the Israeli flag and the outline of Israel today.The bold stripes of Israel's flag ripple and flow, protectively embracing Israel's contours. Ancient walls create the Jewish star in the heart of the flag, which is the heart of the country, and the heart that will always and forever be, JerusalemTo create this piece, Ellen wrote 'Hatikva' 156 times, which is the gematria, or numerical value, of the word 'Zion.' Zion is a
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.