Jewish Wisdom

The pieces in this category feature verses and sayings which come from various texts of Jewish Wisdom. While there is overlap with other categories in this web site, the texts found in these pieces were known to augment the universal practice of instruction by parents and teachers in the knowledge and skills as well as the moral standards that proved advantageous for success in living and the giving of counsel by those men (or women) who had gained a reputation for unusual intelligence, knowledge, and good judgment.
All the World is a Narrow BridgeAll the World is a Narrow BridgeStarting at $200.00Size: 16 1/4" x 16 1/4"

Otherwise known as Gesher Tzar Me'od in hebrew, this lovely laser cut gives us strength in the face of life's adversities. Sung during the Yom Kippur war while crossing the Suez, the text translates as follows:

"All the world is a very narrow bridge and the most important part is not to fear at all."
Crown of a Good NameCrown of a Good NameStarting at $250.00Size: 19 5/16" x 18 1/2"

"There are three crowns: the crown of Torah; the crown of priesthood; and the crown of royalty. However, the crown of a good name is greater than all of them" – Pirkei Avot: 4:13

Days are ScrollsDays are ScrollsStarting at $450.00Size: 10 1/2" x 19 3/4"

Days are scrolls: write on them only what you want remembered". Bahya ben Joseph ibn Paquda

Note that this artwork floats on a background paper and therefore has no matte.
FriendshipFriendshipStarting at $225.00Size: 10 5/16" x 21 1/2"

"If you have a faithful friend, hold fast to him. Let him not go for he is a precious possession. Asher Ben Yehiel 18th century.
Hillel's Golden RuleHillel's Golden RuleStarting at $250.00Size: 10 1/2" x 19 3/4"

"What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbor. That in the whole Torah, while the rest is the commentary thereof; go and learn it." – Babylonian Talmud

If I am not for Myself...If I am not for Myself...Starting at $500.00Size: 16 1/4" x 16 1/4"

Based on Hillel the Elder's famous quote, this personalized artwork was made for the recipient because of her strong sense of self, of spirit and of justice.

"If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? But when I am for myself, then what am "I"? And if not now, when?"
You may choose colors for the hand painted background or the artist can create something special for you. Please note the example shown here is highly personalized. A more general artwork based on this quote will be forthcoming.
Just as my Fathers Planted for Me...Just as my Fathers Planted for Me...Starting at $200.00Size: 11 3/4" x 18"

"Just as my fathers planted for me, so shall I plant for my children" – Babylonian Talmud

Whoever Saves a Life...Whoever Saves a Life...Starting at $300.00Size: 20 3/4" x 15 1/2"

This quote from the Talmud translates:

"Whoever saves a single life it is as if he had saved an entire universe." Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9
Yad - Open My EyesYad - Open My EyesStarting at $120.00Size: 15 1/8" x 11 1/8"

The beautiful words from Psalm 119:18:
"Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law"
are featured in this laser cut of a detailed yad.