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Fruits and Flowers

Watercolor
Signed 2009
Original size: 29 3/4 x 22 1/4

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Kidush with White Orchids

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

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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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White Queen

Watercolor
Signed 2007
Original size: 10.6 in x 13.7 in

One morning, after the rain, Nechama walked out in the garden and discovered a beautiful white rose. Fascinated by the delicate veins of each individual petal and the round rain water drops dancing on the soft surfaces, she painted a picture of a full-of-life flower reaching up towards the cloudy sky.

Farber is a master watercolorist. This is reflected in every water color painting displayed here, in particular in the Water Queen. Her use of bold indigo and purple strokes creates (in the background) a rich sense of abundant water falling, surrounding the central rose with blessing of rain. The White Queen both receives and gives, inspiring the viewer to enter into one's own dance of joy in the celebration of life.

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Chanukia with Wine

oil on canvas
Signed 2008

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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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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