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Shalom Tree | Johanna Mosaics

Shalom Tree

One of my greatest accomplishments is my “Shalom Tree.” Shalom means “peace” in Hebrew. I crafted this tree on a wall in my kitchen. It was an exciting, spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. I woke up at 5 AM (unheard of for me) one morning, grabbed a Sharpie, and started drawing on this wall in my kitchen. What evolved was a 7.5’x4.5’ tree. The branches spell out “Shalom” in Hebrew. I had taken a pottery class at a local studio and made leaves and some of the tiles out of clay. These handmade tiles all have special meanings.

There are two hearts, one with my husband’s and my initials. One has our daughter’s name. The others all have words of blessing and celebration in Hebrew: words like love, joy, holiness, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” “the voice of the bride and the groom.”

Several friends have jokingly remarked that “Now you’ll never be able to move!” But why would ever want to with this work of personal art in my kitchen?