Description Shirion Armor CorpsPsalms 18 is a prayer of David - a Song of Thanks that David sings to HaShem, G-d, for his delivery from the hands of all of his enemies. David depicts HaShem as He 'rode upon a Kerub' and 'did fly and soar on the wings of the wind.' 'HaShem is a shield to those who trust in Him.'David also sings that G-d girded him with strength and teaches his hands war so that a bow of brass is bent in his arms. HaShem has bolstered David with courage to do battle and lifted him above those who rose up against him; against the violent man. David sings praises to HaShem for his deliverance and for the steadfast love HaShem shows him, David, and 'to his seed evermore.'This tank is the 'bow of brass' bent for the arms of the Israeli soldiers. This tank girds the Israeli Defense Force with strength, just as David was girded to do battle. It is a clear indication of military might, propelled by the One and Only G-d of Israel. Just as the 'Kerub' soars on the wings of wind, the Merkava armored tank, with G-d's guidance, bursts forward towards its mission and battle.This seemingly simple, yet complex piece, represents Israel's timeless struggle for true sovereignty. May we, the People of Israel, along with Tzahal - the Israeli Defense Forces - remain steadfast against our enemies, with HaShem forever and always guiding us, the 'seed of David.' The number 18 in gematria, Jewish numerology, is 'Chai' which means Life. There is a strong spiritual significance to the fact that this Psalm is chapter 18. This is a song of war, yet is also about the miracle of survival and life.Ellen Miller Braun has written Psalms 18 in micro calligraphy three times to create this powerful piece. In 'gematria' three repetitions are a 'Chazaka' - which signifies strength and permanence. For this piece, the chazaka represents the miracle of the perpetuation of the Jewish People and the Jewish State. This miracle is given to us through the power and protection of HaShem. May we cont
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.