Blessing of the Home No. 1 (Birkat Habayit)

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Blessing of the Home No. 1 (Birkat Habayit)


Limited Edition Giclee Print 
100 units
10 7/8" x 13 5/8"

In this piece, there's a scene of an entrance to a home, with decorative tiles, marble floor, vases, and various trees and flowers. At the center, in the arched window, are the verses from Proverbs, 24, 3-4: "Through wisdom is a home built, and by understanding it is established, and by knowledge are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant riches". 

Above that, in Hebrew, is the Priests' Blessing, Numbers 6, 24-26: "The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make His face shine upon thee and be gracious to thee. The Lord lift His countenance to thee and give thee peace."

Below, also in Hebrew, is the Blessing which, in slight variations, hangs in many homes in Israel. It is written in a very archaic Hebrew, with both rhythm and rhymes throughout. Its literal translation (which I did not included in the piece) is as follows:

Through this gate / May there come no grief. / Into this abode / May there come no malediction. / To this home / May there come no sadness. / From this place / May Peace never depart. / In this family / May there be friendship and joy.

In the border around the piece is the English translation for the Priests' Blessing, and also the following blessing, in place of a literal translation of the Blessing quoted above: "May this home be blessed with peace and prosperity, health and harmony, love and laughter."

In addition, also written in that border, in Hebrew and partly in English, are the verses: Blessed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goes out.  (Deuteronomy, 28, 5-6)

In addition to the flowers, the seven species of the land of Israel (pomegranates, grapes, palm tree (dates), figs, olives, wheat and barley) surround the entrance to this home, symbolizing richness, abundance and a time of peace and tranquility, when people shall sit under their grape vine and fig tree and learn war no more (Micah, 4:4).

Shabbat candles, prayer books, and a Tzedaka box are in the niches on both sides of the entrance. 

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