The Woman of Valor
Eshet Hayil A great gift for a beloved woman A magnificent book of art The paintings by Itzhak Tordjman illustrate each verse of the song of Eshet Hayil and are accompanied by an original commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz. The Book of Proverbs ends with a paean to the Woman of Valor, the epitome of the good woman. The Woman of Valor, Eshet Hayil, is not just a pale stereotype of a good woman, wife, and mother, but a personage of great power, delineated in strong, clear lines… Woman, as she appears in Proverbs, is a figure of multiple meanings. She may simply signify woman in the literal sense, or she may symbolize the higher essences of understanding and wisdom. The paintings* go beyond the portrayal of a particular woman to describe Every woman, womanhood itself.
The original paintings of this book were exhibited in 1994, under the auspices of the Jewish Art Museum of Paris.