Creativity is all of life's actions.
R'fuah shleimah healing scarf
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May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable...
When my Russian-born grandfather was 18 years old, his two
brothers, studying to be Torah scribes, were murdered by Cossacks. My grandfather, whom I
never met, came to
The donning of a prayer shawl or a tallit bids us pay attention. We wear a tallit for morning prayers and festival days, a prayer shawl without tzitzit other times.
We should know which end is up in this complex world, hence we wear an atarah (a collar, literally, a crown). You may order one separately, or I will make you both together. If you desire a tallit, there will be reinforced corners with tzitzit tied by me or you may tie your own.
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Ha Makom congregation, led by Rabbi Malka Drucker, is filled with joyous singers-- my use of color reflects that joy.
R.Malka's tallit contains the congregation's signature call to Judaism on the atarah-- a Mogen David integrated with a shofar.
The Pomegranate Tallit 613 seeds/ 613 Mitzvot 14" x 72" sand-washed crepe de chine/silk charmeuse atarah and corners
I draw and paint each tallit by hand. If a prayer, Torah portion, or symbol resonates for you, especially as an adult B'nai Mitzvah, let's talk about a custom design.
Now to the prayer-- Traditionally, the atarah may hold "Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the tzitzit."
There may be another that speaks to your intention. Let it be one that calls to you when you read it in preparation to open your inner spirit. This is mine, including the vowels; you may have them without.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to thee Adonai, my rock and my redeemer."
Mountain Sunset Tallit $600 14" x 72" sand-washed crepe de chine/silk charmeuse atarah
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"But where shall wisdom be found and where is the place of understanding?" asked Job.
"He (Adonai) will instruct his angels to guard you in all your paths." Psalm 91:11
Created for a Bat Mitzvah girl whose middle name is White Dove. She lives in the mountains, but is connected to the ocean and dolphins.On the corners are the matriarchal names of her mother Dana, grandmother Raisa, and biblical Miriam and Sarah.
For Stav, Hebrew for Autumn, whose Israeli father chose Hillel's timeless question "f not now, when?" for his daughter's tallit. At Stav's request, a forever endless river runs through the aspens of her home and the maple trees of her Canadian mother.
Women of the Wall~ Nashet Kotel prayer excerpt: May no woman or girl be silenced ever again among your people Israel or in all the world.
And for a girl who knows she will be a marine biologist:
Psalm 104:24 How manifold are Thy works, O LORD! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy creatures.
Gifts of the Ocean Tallit
"Blessed are You, Adonai, King of the Universe, that such as these are in Your world."
From one 75 year old to another, friends since college, this gift: "May Adonai lift up His face unto you and give you peace."
A quietly elegant tallit for a teacher of mussar in Tucson,
Psalm 42:2 As the deer longs for water, so do I long for thee, O God.
Desert Bloom: Judah Halevi's poetry, written in the 12th century, begins on the atarah: "My heart cries out to you, please draw near to me"
and continues into the tallit : The moment I reach out to you, I find you reaching in to me."
Love and Life:
The challenge--a tallit with hearts, in pink, that walks through the garden of love, life and laughter. The result-- On one side I placed (within a heart) the Hebrew word lav /heart, which ancient scholars wisely did not separate from the mind. In the other heart, chai/ life, for what is life without heart?
Sing unto Adonai a new song, sing unto Adonai, all the earth Psalm 96:1
Designed for a beloved Chazzan Cindy Freedman, a harp and shofar adorn the atarah.
The corners hold a flute, lyre, tambourine, and the cantor's guitar.
The same prayer became a river of song sung by doves of peace for a Canadian Bat Mitzvah.
Music, music, music...a guitar grows into a tree of life
This client was very specific as to color and form, wanting these wings of feminine Shechina God-energy to wrap around her."Blessed be those who come beneath the winds of Shechina"
Rainbow Tallit---When a father came to me and said, I want my daughter wrapped in a rainbow, I was faced with the challenge that arises when someone asks for a rendition of natures beauty-- create a gorgeous image that takes the high road of elegance instead of the common path of cute and trite.
The atarah is the Golden Rule.
Healing scarves shown on a separate page are 30" square habotai silk $150
A tallit client came to me with a request. Her friend was going through the hell of cancer treatment, so could I make a hand painted silk head scarf with a healing prayer. The recipient has a house on an island, so the design is called Mermaid's DNA and in it are the Hebrew words "r'fuah shleimah", which mean "complete healing." The Santa Fe New Mexican featured my work during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each scarf is a seesaw of the joy of making beauty for someone dealing with pain and uncertainty.
Wings, water, and a path through the mountains in the colors of the Southwest.... Psalm 91 "Under Thy wings, I shall find refuge."
I do work in all colors, but purple and blue are often my client's main choices.
A rabbi chose Blessed is the one who brings Torah to the people of Israel. He specifically requested the rainbow,
the eagle and the moon and stars.
Congregation Beit Tikva showed its appreciation with this tallit for Cantor Michael Linder.
I will sing unto Adonai as long as I live;I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.
Here are the hues of verdant life, flowing water, and the beautiful blue skies of New
Wisdom Tallit ~ Sun and Moon Rising for a Bar Mitzvah
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