Description Woman of Valor (Proverbs 31:10-31)This passage created in micro calligraphy is a hymn to the perfect wife, the backbone of the home. Jewish tradition sees this chapter allegorically, as a reference to G-ds Spirit, the Sabbath, the Torah, the soul, and wisdom. Choosing the Jewish woman as the image through which to describe such moving spiritual concepts is a profound tribute to her.The Hebrew word for valor -- chayil -- as it is used in Scripture, has many interchangeable definitions: accomplishment, strength, organized military force, skill, general competence, devoutness, righteousness and wealth. It implies the existence of those characteristics that are needed to accomplish whatever task is at hand.Ellen Miller Braun chose each of the five Biblical women forming this beautiful and unique panorama because they personify the ideal of the Woman of Valor. Each of these women is a constant source of inspiration for women, then and now:The Matriarch SarahThe cloud of G-ds Presence casts an everlasting cooling shade over the Matriarch Sarah, as she sits working before her desert tent (Genesis 24:67, Rashi). Sarah sits grinding wheat for bread to feed the always-welcome guest (Genesis 18:2-7). Over her shoulder, the Sabbath candles, miraculously staying lit from one Sabbath lighting to the next (Genesis 24:67, Rashi), blaze forth the guiding light of the righteous.Miriam the ProphetessMiriam, Moses sister, bursts forth in song and dance, guiding and leading the women of Israel in praise and thanks to G-d after successfully crossing the Red Sea, depicted by the column of water. The blue, pure water also symbolizes Miriams righteousness. As long as she was alive, there was always drinking water flowing from the rock during the Jews forty-year journey in the wilderness. (Exodus 15:20-22, Numbers 20:1-2).Ruth, the Mother of RoyaltyRuth, modest yet strong, collects wheat to feed herself and impoverished mother-in-law, Naomi. Because of her modesty 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.