The Magen David Series - Ayshet Chayil
This design is inspired by the passage in Proverbs titled Ashet Chayil written by King Solomon and read every Sabbath by a husband to his wife. The first three lines of the Proverb found in the painting read:
More than simply “valor” is implied by these words of deep, mystical meaning. The most straightforward understanding is that they are a testament to a woman who possesses the attributes she needs to carry out any task with virtue. Ayshet Chayil is also a metaphor for the Shechinah, the feminine Presence of G-d, the “Sabbath Bride” who surrounds us on Shabbat.
To underscore the importance of the women of valor in our history, I have surrounded the composition with the names of the four Matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel), the prophetess Miriam, and Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David.
Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"