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Voice of Hashem (Har Sinai)

Oil on Canvas
Signed 2010
Original size: 22 in x 28 in

Voice of HaShem is one of Nechama Farber’s most intense paintings because of the magnitude of the subject which required a great deal of spiritual introspection as it was being painted. It is a commissioned work depicting HaShem giving the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. Farber, using oil paints, creates what looks like a heavenly explosion of stars and comets, as the sky above becomes filled with dramatic swirls of oranges and blues that dominate much of the painting and dwarf the people below. The orange and the blue colors continue in abstract configurations as the mass of people watch transfixed in silence. Like a gigantic flow of light, the lone Moses is seen out of the crowd of people; their bodies gradually become indistinguishable shadows in shades of light to dark blues, which merges with the orange above. To complete the dramatic event, Farber paints the surrounding hills with trees and open spaces, as the Jewish people silently witness, the most important event the human race has ever experienced.

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My Son, Let Me Teach You Torah

oil on canvas
Signed 2008
Original size: 51.2 in x 39.4 in

This extraordinary oil painting by Nechama Tamara Farber was commissioned by the majestic Old Riga Synagogue in Latvia, the only one of Riga’s fourteen synagogues to remain standing after the Holocaust.

Viewing this mainly realistic work of art is a multi-leveled delight for it is visually stunning and at the same time deeply meaningful. The viewer is amazed by the superbly life-like image of a wise and loving father teaching Torah to his son. The father, still wrapped in his tallit after morning prayers, sits with one arm lovingly around his son, and his other hand on the holy Talmud tractate from which they are learning. Both father and son radiate love and joy - for each other, and for the Torah.

The father’s finger points to a specific word, symbolizing the exactitude with which we are to learn and observe the Torah. To the side are his recently removed tefillin in which G-d’s Oneness is proclaimed, as well as the instructions to love Hashem with all we have, and to teach Torah, the commandments, and the love of G-d to our children.

The table at which father and son sit is covered by a richly embroidered burgundy tablecloth on which is a bowl of fresh fruit, expressing the loving abundance which Hashem constantly gives us through Nature. There is also a silver tea set and a glass to refresh oneself, as one learns out loud in the timeless melody of Torah study. These images, too, represent and express the Jewish reality for the Torah teaches us not to shun physicality, but rather to use it and elevate it to spirituality through the Torah and mitzvos (commandments). Thus the material world, too, helps us come closer to Hashem

Behind the father and son we see through large open arch windows a detailed panorama of ancient Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world. The sunlight of Jerusalem spills into the room and combines with the inner light emanating from father and son, giving a spiritual luminosity to the work. Farber’s choice of exquisitely blended colors enhance both the artistic and spiritual aspects of this magnificent scene which, through content, light and color, express the oneness of the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah.

This breathtaking and inspiring painting is an eternal moment in time for it is through fathers’ teaching their sons Torah that -- above and beyond any historical probability or logic -- the Jewish People have maintained the authenticity of Torah and Jewish life ever since the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai over three thousand years ago until now!

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Parshas Vayera

Watercolor
Signed 2006
Original size: 18 in x 12 in

Farber creates an exceptionally beautiful rendition of the Torah story “Parshas Vayeira,” when Abraham meets with three angels. In the scene, created in watercolors, Abraham, the Father of Judaism, is washing one angel’s feet, the custom a host performed for visitors traveling in the desert. The moment is historical and decisive because Abraham will soon learn that he and Sarah will have a son to continue the line of the Jewish people. Depicting such a powerful story is truly a test for an artist. Farber rises to the occasion in this art work. Her spiritually sensitive perception is enhanced by the artistic methods she employs in rendering this monumental event.

The scene is divided into three areas. The main portion shows the physical actions that Abraham and Sarah perform – not knowing that their visitors are angels sent by HaShem. The model hostess and host, Sarah brings food and drinks and Abraham is engaged in making the weary travelers comfortable. The soft roundness of their garments, the over-sized circular metal washing bowl, and the diagonal angle of the angel’s legs, adds to an excellently conceived composition. The upper right side is the more spiritual aspect of the scene. A figure sits calmly, looking more like an angel, all in white, with a suggestion of wings. There is a third figure who appears to be communion with the heavens, suggesting that he receives his directions from HaShem himself. Finally, on the lower right side, there is a portion of the Hebrew text.

Clearly, Farber captures the multiple layers of the timeless story. Through her profound knowledge of Judaism and her skill as an artist, the painting "Parasha Vayeira" becomes more than a story, it is a work of art having profound meaning.

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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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Tefilin and Rose I

Watercolor
Signed 2007
Original size: 24 in x 18 in

This majestic painting reveals the inner beauty and deep spirituality of Jewish prayer. The vibrant red and purple hues of the rose in the center that stands in a crystal vase of clear fresh water, symbolize the faithfulness of the Jewish nation. In Chapter 2 of Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs), G-d says to Israel: “Like a rose among the thorns, so is my beloved among the daughters,” --which are the nations of the world.

Next to the rose is a page from Tehillim, with the Hebrew words of Psalm 146, where King David eloquently teaches us that everything that comes about in our lives is from Hashem, and we can rely on G-d to support and uphold us. Connected to this vital theme is the Shema, the prayer that declares Hashem's ultimate Unity, which is contained within the walls of the tefillin boxes beside the rose and the Tehillim.

Farber masterfully uses a unique style of water color technique, rendering flowing gradual changes of color in a warm and pleasing way. Just as the folds of the tallit surround and embrace the rose and tefillin, the edifying message Farber lovingly communicates within her work, is that Hashem lovingly embraces the entire Jewish nation with His caring Presence.

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Shema Israel

Watercolor
Signed 2008
Original size: 29 3/4 x 22 1/4

The familiar words of the Shema Israel really come to life in this painting. A viewer naturally stops and reflects upon the meaning and importance of this vital Jewish prayer.

“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might....”

“When a Jew recites Shema Israel”, Nechama says, “his heart opens like this beautiful rose to receive G-d’s blessings”. The artist places her majestic rose next to the prayer book to remind us of the fresh sense of newness that a Jew feels when connecting to our Creator. In the center, a single crimson candle with a glowing flame is to be interpreted as a symbol of a Jewish soul trying to reach Hashem in a prayer. Farber deliberately chooses this spiritual crimson color, because it was used in the curtains and vessels of the Beit HaMikdash, the Jewish Temple that stood as the center of Holiness in Jerusalem for hundreds of years. Thus, the artist reminds us of the spiritual connection between Jerusalem, the abundant loveliness of the Holy Land, the words of our prayers, and the light that radiates in the heart of a Jew, when he prays.

The beautiful use of color in the painting nobly transfuses a glow of light that shines on the open prayer book and the delicate burgundy of the layers of lace. The rising and falling folds of the tallit lead us into the lovely green hills of a water filled wadi, with a soothing sunset in the distance. This creates a serene, melodious sense of wholeness that illuminates the eternal message of the unity between the Jew and G-d, the Torah and the Holy Land, the place where Hashem's peace and goodness reign.

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Tefilin and Rose II

Watercolor
Signed 2008
Original size: 24 in x 18 in

This second majestic painting in the series of Farber’s works with tallit and tefilin, further reveals the inner beauty and deep spirituality of Jewish prayer. The gentle apricot and pink hues of the rose in the center that stands in a crystal vase of clear fresh water, symbolize the open heart of a Jew, when he prays to our G-d. In Chapter 2 of Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs), G-d says to Israel: “Like a rose among the thorns, so is my beloved among the daughters”.

Next to the rose is Chumash book, which is often referred to as the Five Books of the Written Torah. The Zohar, the most significant text in Kaballah, the Jewish mysticism, states that the Torah was created prior to the creation of the world, and that it was used as the blueprint for Creation of the World. The revelation of the Torah to Moshe occurred more than 3,000 years ago at the Har (Mount) Sinai, as Hashem dictated His Divine Torah and Moshe was writing the Torah down. The mitzvah of studying Torah is the most important for Jewish men, and considered to be equal to all other mitzvahs combined.

Farber masterfully uses a unique style of water color technique, rendering flowing gradual changes of color in a warm and pleasing way. Just as the folds of the tallit surround and embrace the rose and tefillin, the edifying message Farber lovingly communicates within her work, is that Hashem lovingly embraces the entire Jewish nation with His caring Presence.

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Asher Yatzar - Sefardi (Ashkenaz also available)

Signed 2010
Original size: 17.7 in x 23.2 in

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Rabbi with Tehillim

Watercolor
Signed 2004
Original size: 21 1/2 in x 16 3/4 in

For a Jew, a Rabbi is the most revered and learned authority, who devotes his days to increasing his connection to HaShem by learning from Torah and great Jewish texts, helping people with their needs, praying, giving charity, and, over all, being a living model for all to exemplify. In the watercolor portrait, the Rabbi contemplates one of the universal 150 Psalms, many written by King David. The Rabbi’s radiant face is heavenward, and his eyes glow with joy, as the Rabbi performs, what Jews and many other peoples of the world have done for thousands of years, read Tehillim, Psalms.

In this portrait, Farber shows her skill with using the difficult medium of watercolors, especially in the folds of his Tallit, prayer shawl, his beard, and the rolling hills behind him. Symbolically, Farber adds two deer frolicking on the hill, reminding us of the days of King David and the glory when Psalms were written.

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Erev Shabbat

Watercolor
Signed 2005
Original size: 21 1/2 in x 16 3/4 in

Farber created this beautiful interpretation of Erev Shabbat soon after her wedding. Looking forward to her first Shabbat as a newly married woman, she experienced the feeling of freshness and delight, similar to what she felt in anticipation of her wedding day. The artist masterfully expresses this feeling in her water-color painting. The burning candles, which declare the coming of Shabbat, signal the end of the six days of work and the beginning of the day of rest. The glass with Kiddush wine, used by Jewish people to sanctify the Shabbat, is full of festive reflections, and the luscious fruit suggests the freshness and the sweetness of Shabbat. By lighting the candles, drinking the wine, and eating the fruits, we elevate the physical and infuse it with the spirituality of the holy Shabbat.

This transcendence from physical to spiritual is also reflected in the unique composition of this painting. Farber deviates from the standard still-life formula and opens up the rich, dark-blue background, letting the air in and sharing with the viewer one of the most beautiful scenes in the world — the Land of Israel. This opening creates a flowing transition from the physical world (fruits, wine) to the infinite, spiritual world (G-d’s universe), thus turning a traditional still life into a flowing or moving life image.

The lights of the candles serve as the transition and symbolically connect the two worlds, reminding the Jewish woman of the importance of the mitzvah of lighting Shabbat candles, bridging the physical and spiritual, the weekdays and Shabbat.

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Asher Yotzar Bracha - Paper Cut

Paper Cut
Signed 2010

The paper cut you see is of a Messianic vision. There are fruits such as grapes and pomegranates, and tree branches to depict the abundance and fertility of the land of Israel, the land HaShem gave the Jewish people. There are peacocks which represent the beauty and abundance of the King’s palace, which references King Solomon’s palace, where he often raised exquisite birds received from ambassadors from many countries. Farber brings the Moschiach into the design by including inn the center and top of the paper cut a lion’s head, symbolic of the Tribe of Judah, and on the sides, the Tower of David, and the Tomb of Rachel, one of the Four Jewish Mothers. Therefore, Farber’s paper cut transcends what use to be considered “folk art.” Her expertise in cutting out shapes and designing the page in perfect, yet complex symmetry reveals HaShem’s abundance and his foretelling that soon the Moschiach will arrive...

House Blessing Paper Cut

Paper Cut
Signed 2009
Original size: 20 in x 24 in

The paper cut you see is of a Messianic vision. There are fruits such as grapes and pomegranates, and tree branches to depict the abundance and fertility of the land of Israel, the land HaShem gave the Jewish people. There are peacocks which represent the beauty and abundance of the King’s palace, which references King Solomon’s palace, where he often raised exquisite birds received from ambassadors from many countries. Farber brings the Moschiach into the design by including inn the center and top of the paper cut a lion’s head, symbolic of the Tribe of Judah, and on the sides, the Tower of David, and the Tomb of Rachel, one of the Four Jewish Mothers. Therefore, Farber’s paper cut transcends what use to be considered “folk art.” Her expertise in cutting out shapes and designing the page in perfect, yet complex symmetry reveals HaShem’s abundance and his foretelling that soon the Moschiach will arrive...

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House Blessing or Ketuba (Marriage Document) Paper Cut Border

Signed 2008
Original size: 20 in x 24 in

The paper cut border you see can be used for many art projects - House Blessing, Ketuba (Marriage Document), any Bracha (Blessing), or just a water color painting inside. The paper cut border is of a Messianic vision. There are fruits such as grapes and pomegranates, and tree branches to depict the abundance and fertility of the land of Israel, the land HaShem gave the Jewish people. There are peacocks which represent the beauty and abundance of the King’s palace, which references King Solomon’s palace, where he often raised exquisite birds received from ambassadors from many countries. Farber brings the Moschiach into the design by including inn the center and top of the paper cut a lion’s head, symbolic of the Tribe of Judah, and on the sides, the Tower of David, and the Tomb of Rachel, one of the Four Jewish Mothers. Therefore, Farber’s paper cut transcends what use to be considered “folk art.” Her expertise in cutting out shapes and designing the page in perfect, yet complex symmetry reveals HaShem’s abundance and his foretelling that soon the Moschiach will arrive...

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