Description Seventy Names of JerusalemThe 'Kotel HaMa'aravi,' Western Wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount stands as a testimony to yesterday, today and tomorrow, bound by centuries of tears, fears, dreams and hopes absorbed into her ancient walls. Echoing timeless prayers, her sun drenched stones glitter with the golden hues of sunrise and sunset in this rendition of Ellen Miller Braun's 'Seventy Names of Jerusalem.'Shining eternally gold, 'Jerusalem' glows warmly over this holy site.The 'Jerusalem' in this design is created using Jerusalem's 70 names, which so eloquently describe her many vibrant and spiritual qualities.*The number 70 is significant in a number of ways in Judaism and it's teachings:HaShem, G-d, has 70 Names.70 Nations descended from Noah.70 languages emerged after the Tower of Babel.The Torah was translated into the 70 languages of the Nations.The Torah has 70 names.The Torah was transmitted to 70 elders.The 70 sages of the Sanhedrin safeguarded the Torah.The Torah was engraved on 70 stones after Joshua crossed the Jordan.Israel has 70 names.There were 70 people who went down to Egypt with Jacob.The Jews celebrate 70 holy days per year, 52 Sabbaths and 18 festivals(including all the days of Pesach and Succot)During Succot, there were 70 sacrifices offered for the 70 nations.The Temple was built with 70 pillars.The Holy City of Jerusalem had 70 names.((Midrash ZutaThe Seventy Names of Jerusalem is an enchanting deviation from Ellen Miller Braun's other micro calligraphy illustrations, as this piece combines paint on fabric, embroidery and finally the eternal Jerusalem written in micro calligraphy using Jerusalem's 70 Names. These spiritual names embody the strength of Jerusalem and the beauty of her centuries old religious significance. The first in a continuing series, Ellen created this gift for her second son-in-law creating a special satchel for his prayer shawl. The choice of colors, matching the sunrise and sunset at
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.