Personal. Portrait.


Years ago, I was lucky to meet a wonderful man with broad horizons.

I won’t dwell on his vast knowledge, wisdom, capacities and talents in order to preserve his privacy and modesty.

Nearly twenty years of happy marriage, four beautiful children, and three academic degrees later, his wife decides to bestow upon him a personal gift to celebrate his appointment to a senior position in his academic field.

Since this man esteems knowledge and philosophy of almost every realm, including history, literature, music, mathematics, economics, and Jewish philosophy, his wife intuitively knows that the gift that will touch his heart

more than a party,

more than a night out at a restaurant,

more than even a daytrip –

is a portrait of Maimonides.


Get the picture?

Without a doubt, there’s no paradigm better suited to this person and event than the famed sage Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, known as both the Rambam and Maimonides.

{ This is also my opportunity to do justice to the name of my blog: Rock! Paper+Scissors }


The background was painted with a solid color


Papers cut to thin shreds.



Glue applied and dried.


Gold letters carefully affixed.


Time cured the shreds and completed the picture.


{ I need to hurry — }

As the words of this post come to life, the guest of honor is making his way home—
a long journey spanning many planes and taxis.

As soon as the plane touches down, he’ll turn on his phone to notify his loved one that he’s arrived safely and check for messages.

Among the messages, he’ll notice that there’s a new post on my blog
and click to read

He will then discover
that someone who loves him and cares for him deeply
hung a new portrait in their home.

Especially for him.


My love,
my best friend in the world,

It’s not only you who knows now.
Some of my faithful readers know as well,

How much I love you.

How much I appreciate you.

How much I congratulate you and celebrate your myriad of accomplishments.

How very happy and grateful I am
to share a life and four beautiful, talented children.
with you.

With you,
in all that you do,
and every big step that you take,
and all the small steps in between.


{ Start thinking about the art you want for the ceremony in Stockholm! }


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.Yes, I do create personalized portrait using my unique paper-cut technique

 { Contact me for details }

About shikmabenmelech

Hi! I'm Shikma. a mother, a wife, a designer. I have a huge collection of papers, beads, glues, fabrics, yarn and more, that any moment is about become something new.
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4 Responses to Personal. Portrait.

  1. Ronit Ziv says:

    לשקמה היקרה,
    כבר מזמן אמרתי עלייך אשת חיל מי ימצא.
    את נהדרת ואפי זכה בכל הקופה כשנשא אותך לאישה.
    התרגשתי מאוד לקרוא כמה את מעריכה את בן זוגך, תומכת ואוהבת.
    את דוגמא ומופת!
    הרבה ברכות לאפי על משרתו החדשה.
    שיהיה לכולכם רק טוב וטוב ושתמשיכו בדרככם כמו שאתם.
    מכל הלב,

    דרך אגב: הרמב”ם מעולם לא נראה טוב יותר.


  2. כנרת says:

    שקמה יקרה
    זה פשוט מקסים!
    איזה אישה מוכשרת. רואים שזו מתנה עם אהבה ונשמה.


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