Choosing Woman of Valor Artwork

By: Mark Etinger | Posted: 14th June 2011

There are a lot of different options when it comes to Jewish artwork. Various blessings can be bought and enjoyed in art form. The Woman of Valor hymn is a beautiful choice, whether giving it as a gift or to hang up in your own home. It serves a significant role in honoring the women in your life and so choosing the right one is important.

First, a little background behind the Woman of Valor hymn. It's actually a 22 verse poem which King Solomon ended the book of Proverbs with. It has an acrostic arrangement, which means each verse begins with a Hebrew letter of the alphabet in the traditional order. According to Aggadic Midrashim, the poem was originally composed by Abraham as a eulogy for his wife Sarah.

The Woman of Valor hymn is traditionally recited on Friday evenings after returning from synagogue and before having the evening Sabbath meal. Jewish men sing it to honor their wives and thank them for everything they have done for them and their families through the whole week.

When choosing the right Woman of Valor artwork, you'll want to consider who you are buying for and what style they may enjoy. It can often be found in either just English, just Hebrew, or both within one piece of art. This is the first preference you should settle on before making a choice, as it'll help narrow down your options. Some choices have the full hymn, other specific verses. Focus on the verse which means the most to you, or reminds you most of the person you are buying for.

You also need to decide on what kind of print you want. Giclee is often the most popular. The way it is printed makes it look less like a copy and more like the original. It'll cost a bit more than a regular paper print but it's going to look beautiful and last much longer. Giclee is a high-quality ink jet print that is an all around tougher and more genuine looking piece.

You can also find prints that use papercut layered on silk or paper in order to create a 3D effect. Limited edition prints are often signed and numbered by the artist. Original hand crafted versions on parchment are a very popular choice but will run you a higher price, being one of a kind.

Whatever choice you make for the Woman of Valor artwork will be a great one. It's a truly beautiful piece that is a great way to honor the woman in your life, whether for your wife or a young girl celebrating her Bat Mitzvah.


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