|8.3″ x 11.8″
21.0 x 29.8 cm
|Limited Edition Reproductions Giclée
on Fine Art Textured Paper
11.8″ x 15.2″
30.0 x 38.6 cm
|Handmade Amate Paper – Limited Edition
11.8″ x 15.7″
30x 40 cm
In this intricate micro calligraphy piece by Ellen Miller Braun, four components are intertwined to create a stunning Tree of Life. These components are: The Book of Ruth whose words make up the flowers and grass of the tree, reflecting the continuing lineage of women and their inner strength and beauty; the prayer Eitz Chaim Hee, which embraces the concept that just as the trunk is the foundation of the tree, the Torah is the foundation of Judaism. These final two prayers: The Blessing of the Daughters, given by parents on Friday night and The Blessing of the Eve of Yom Kippur create the wreath encircling the Tree of Life. These blessings imbue the wishes and hopes of every parent for their daughter and family. To discover the true essence of this inspiring composition read on. You will find a beautiful story of some of the enduring and compelling prayers a woman can internalize and share with the women in her life.
Every woman is like a unique flower, having a distinctive color and individual scent. Together, all the flowers create one beautiful bouquet blossoming from the Tree of Life.
The Book of Ruth
The inspiring story of Ruth [written in it’s entirety- filling the flowers and leaves of this Tree of Life and the grass surrounding the roots] is a guiding light for every woman at every age.
Ruth demonstrates for all of us the true meaning of faith, commitment, and love of HaShem’s, G-d’s, commandments between man and his fellow man and between man and G-d.
Ruth’s righteous life shows us how a proper Torah life can bring redemption to all of HaShem’s People.
Eitz Chaim Hee – It is a Tree of Life (Prov. 4:2; 3:18; 3:17; Lamentations 5:21)
“It is a Tree of Life for those who cling to it.”
A Tree of Life starts with it’s roots digging deep and hugging the earth, then bursting forth from the ground, reaching for the Heavens. Such is the Torah and it’s Mitzvot, commandments. There are the Mitzvot between man and his fellow man, teaching us to love and cling to our fellow man as the tree roots cling to the earth. Then, there are the commandments that direct us to reach Heavenward to HaShem. We are to stretch ourselves to give our utmost to our fellow man and to HaShem above.
The Torah is HaShem’s most precious gift. It is a two-way gift: the more you give to It and to HaShem, the more you receive from Him.
“Do not forsake HaShem’s Torah. It is a Tree of Life for those who grasp it and happy are those who support it.”
Blessing of the Daughters (Numbers 6:24-26; Proverbs 4:25; Psalms 49:4 (part); Isaiah 33;18 (part); Proverbs 5:18)
So blessed in the spirit of Torah and Mitzvot were the Matriarchs. The Blessing of the Daughters, invoking the names of Sarah, Rivka (Rebecca), Rachel, Leah, blesses every girl/woman with heavenly assistance to rise to her own potential and greatness. The continuing Blessing is the instrument through which HaShem allows his infinite Blessing to rest on Israel.
The Prayer continues with the Blessing that you be raised to merit Torah, marriage, and good deeds, that you live a long life dedicated to the service of HaShem and His Torah. May you merit both spiritual and material wealth and comfort according to HaShem’s abundant compassion and kindness.
May the love of family and HaShem’s Torah envelop you always.
May you be privileged to emulate Ruth’s spiritual beauty and forever feel yourselves glowing under the canopy of these inspiring Blessings. May HaShem and the Torah always be your strength.
Blessing of the Daughters (*1)Numbers6:24-26 (*2)Proverbs4:25 (*3)Psalms49:4(part) (*4) Isaiah33:18
(*5) Proverbs 5:18
May G-d make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. May HaShem bless you and safeguard you. May HaShem illuminate his countenance for you and be gracious to you. May HaShem turn His countenance to you and establish peace for you(*1).
May it be the will of our Father in Heaven, that He instill in your heart His love and reverence. May the fear of HaShem be upon your face all your days, in order that you not sin. May your craving be for the Torah and the commandments. May your eyes gaze toward truth(*2); may your mouth speak wisdom(*3); may your heart meditate with awe(*4); may your hands engage in the commandments; may your feet run to do the will of your Father in heaven. May He grant you righteous sons and daughters who engage in the Torah and the commandments all their days. May the source of your posterity be blessed(*5). May He arrange your livelihood for you in a permissible way, with contentment and with relief, from beneath His generous hand, and not through the gifts of flesh and blood; a livelihood that will free you to serve HaShem. And may you be inscribed and sealed for a good, long life, among all the righteous of Israel. Amen
It is a Tree of Life:(*1) Proverbs 3:18 (*2)Proverbs3:17(*3)Proverbs3:16 (*4) Isaiah 42:21 (*5) Lamentations5:21
And when it [the Ark] rested He would say: It is a Tree of Life for those who grasp it, and happy are it’s supporters(*1). Its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace(*2). Long life is at its right; at its left are wealth and honor(*3). HaShem desired, for the sake of His righteousness, that the Torah be made great and glorious(*4). Bring us back to You, HaShem, and we shall return, renew our days as of old(*5).
The Tree of Life can be customized so that your name can mingle among the roots of the Davidic Line. May your Tree of Life bring pride and joy to you and your family for all the generations to come.
For more information on customizing this family heritage piece, please contact us.