Description Isaiah: Seven of Consolation/ Micah 4:1-7; 7:7-9Ellen Miller Braun has used a great deal of symbolism in Light of Redemption.The Haftorah (Shabbath readings from the Prophets) of the seven Sabbaths between the Fast of the 9th of the Jewish month of Av and Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) are called The Sheva Dnechamta The Seven of Consolation. These chapters contain Isaiahs prophecies offering hope and comfort after the destruction of the first Temple. Half of each of the seven sections speaks of affliction, while the other half is full of words of comfort.The seven readings inscribed in micro calligraphy, three full times in this piece are:1) Isaiah 40:1-27, 2) 49:14-51:3, 3) 54:11-55:5, 4) 51:12-52:12, 5) 54:1-10, 6) 60:1-22, 7) 61:10-63:9. *Isaiah 40:1-27 is repeated a fourth time.*Voiced in these verses is Isaiahs plea with his fellow Jews and the Jews of the future generations to remember from where we come: Abraham and Sarah. The star laden, dome capped sky, twinkles with the fulfilled promise to Abraham that his seed will be as the stars in the sky too numerous to count!Isaiah reminds us that HaShem will comfort us. No matter how horrible the situation, hope is always at hand. Messiah can come at any moment is a principle of Jewish faith. While questioning the causes of exile and suffering, we must always remember that the day will come when HaShem will joyously call to Jerusalem Wake up! Wake up! Don your strength O Zion, don the garments of your splendor, O Jerusalem.Isaiah calls to Jerusalem to lift her eyes and watch her children returning to her. The suffering of the Jewish people will end. The climax of the Prophecy is that this will be the final redemption. Never again shall your sun set, nor shall your moon be withdrawn, for HaShem shall be unto you an eternal light and ended shall be your days of mourning.May this promise come soon in our day.Micah 4:1-7; 7:7-9The sides and bottom of Light of Redemption come alive
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.