Sheva Chaya Shaiman

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Sheva Chaya created the art for TheJewishWoman.org homepage. An art graduate from Princeton University, Sheva Chaya works in watercolor and glass, vibrantly exploring Jewish and women's themes. Her work can be seen in her studio in Tsfat, Israel and on her website.
The road to maternal gratitude
“Loser! You are wasting your higher education on changing diapers and wiping runny noses! You are squandering your potential on scrubbing dirty dishes and baking macaroni and cheese casseroles!” It’s at moments like this that I know that no tape or book o...
To be intimate means to go into a place that is private, that is sacred, that is set aside. It means one person entering into the private, sacred part of another human being's existence...
Are you searching for love in the present, or in your past? Are you looking for your soulmate or are you looking for yourself?
My tears mixed with the waters of the Mikvah, enveloping me in a warmth and love I had never experienced before. I knew I had come to the right place, at the right time, for myself, my family, and for G-d.
Suddenly I saw a kaleidoscope-like view of all the individual candles, but they were no longer individuals. Each flame had burst into a circle of light, glowing within itself while extending outward...
Giving birth with confidence demands that you commit to labor with the understanding and acceptance that it is not easy – otherwise they would have called it something else
The first woman, Chava, is called the "mother of all life" for she is the source of joy, experience and creation.
You are engaged. You are definitely glowing, though you're not sure if it is from joy or sweat. Where is the fairytale that you pictured for so many years? What is wrong with you?
It is painful, exciting, scary, unbelievable. There is no turning back. We were created to create, and it is time...
Elul
In Song of Songs, which explores the relationship between G-d and Israel through the metaphor of the love between a bride and her groom, we find expressions of both male-initiated and female-initiated love.
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