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Mizrach Mashiach (House Blessing )

Signed 2006
Original size: 21 1/2 in x 16 3/4 in

Mizrach literally means "sunrise," and, by extension, has also come to mean a painting or decorated item hung on the east wall of the house or synagogue in the direction of Jerusalem, to facilitate proper prayer.

In this fabulous work, Farber has created a rare Mizrach painting, where she combines two different art techniques: the old practice of stippling (ink on paper), and water color. The adorned border “frame,” which portrays some of the most beautiful symbols of Jewish life, including the Ten Commandments, surrounds and embraces the central water-color piece of Jerusalem. The Jerusalem scene shows Eliyahu HaNavi, the prophet, who leads the Jewish people in greeting the Mashiach.

Farber uses stippling technique to make the one-of-a-kind artistic border. She applies small ink dots by a pen to produce continuous soft graduations of light and shade. The dots are placed closer together to make it darker, farther apart to make it lighter. To further perfect the painting, the artist actually uses a magnifying glass as she makes her finest ink dots. “Stippling is a time-consuming art form,” Nechama says. “That’s probably why not many artists work in this style today. Yet, this old style of art literally grabs you when you are exposed to its beauty. Compliments abound when people see this art.”

A viewer can spend hours looking at the amazing and intricate smaller details of this distinctive painting.

This Mizrach painting can also be used as a House Blessing, with the corresponding verses from the Torah and the names of family members being written down below in the blue space under the Wall, Cherubim, and Yonah images.

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Mirach Detail - Western Wall

ink on paper
Signed 2005

The Kotel or the Western Wall is a Jewish landmark for people all over the world. Here the prayers of our ancestors penetrated its ancient stones and prepared the way for our prayers to reach the Heavens. This image of the Western Wall inspires one with the serenity and sanctity of the place. There are those who have been inspired by this amazing work, and use this image when near the Wall, to enhance and deepen their prayers.

Mizrach Detail - Cherubim

ink on paper
Signed 2005

The two Cheruvim, the winged beings, are said to have been placed in the Beit Hamikdash, the Jewish Temple. Their facing each other represents the closeness between Hashem and Jewish nation; if the Jewish people follow in Hashem’s ways, it is as if they face Hashem and Hashem faces them in return. It’s our great hope that Hashem, Who is currently hiding His face, will turn His face to us again.

Mizrach Detail - Yonah & Fish

ink on paper
Signed 2005

On this fragment, we can find ourselves in the sea storm, orchestrated by Hashem to strike upon Yonah, His prophet. Yonah was commanded to go to the city of Ninvei and call for the people to repent their sins. As Yonah resists his mission, the ship on which he travels is caught up by a powerful storm. Once the sailors realize that Yonah himself is the reason for the storm, the sailors, afraid for their lives, throw Yonah into the sea. A large fish sent by Hashem swallows Yonah, soon to spit him out on the shores of Ninvei.

 
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