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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

BlesSings for Counting the Sephirat HaOmer

Your Journey
Entering or have you crossed and you are looking back at the
Splitting of the Sea, the Kriat Yahm Suf?
Painting by © Joy Krauthammer  2016

Personal BlesSings 
for the Season of Counting the Sephirat HaOmer

May you be blessed with miracles in holy vessels, 
to Kabel / receive and hold with Emunah / faith and Bitachon / trust, 
the downward Sefirotic flow from the Infinite. 

May you be able through your conscious Tree of Life / Sephirat HaOmer Counting for 49 days, 
to transform darkness, struggle, bitterness, tears, fears, and Mitzrayim / narrow places, 
enslaving inhibitions, or constrictions
both inner and outer
balanced freedom, liberation, joy, and wholeness
to welcome the Sephirot into your being, 
to purify you as a Mikveh
to welcome sustaining Mayim Chayim / waters of life, 
- Joy Krauthammer

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Friends, How is YOUR Omer Count coming along?
Please share your thoughts and comments with me. 
For decades I Count with Chabad and Meaningful Life Center's  Daily Omer.

blesSings for CHAG SAMEACH, Joy
The site's increasing numbers tell me you are visiting...
Enjoy increasing your days all the way tthrough 49.

Enjoy: http://sephirathaomer.blogspot.com  

Blessed is
"The One Who Sets a Way in the Sea, 
and a Pathway through Mighty Waters."
Painting © Joy Krauthammer  2016


© Joy Krauthammer 



Sephirot ChArt by Joy Krauthammer  © 

Eitz Chayim males, from the Kabbalists: (Arizal's order and seen on ChArt above) 
Avraham (Abraham)--    Chesed
Yitzchak  (Isaac)--         Gevurah
Yaakov   (Jacob)--         Tiferet
Moshe    (Moses)--        Netzach
Aharon   (Aaron)--         Hod
Yosef     (Joseph)--       Yesod
David     (King David)--  Malchut



ספירת העומר
Joyously Prepare for 49 Days
from Passover & liberation to Shavuot & revelation

Sharing Sephirat HaOmer teachings on the day's energies during the following workshops.


Healing Remedies and Singing Bowls Meditation

Spiritual workshop 
 Joy Krauthammer, spiritual percussionist & Rabbi Miriam Hamrell

Sunday, April 26, 2015   Omer Day 22, Chesed sh B'Netzach
2:30-4:30pm.   Please be on Joy Time / early.

Ahavat Torah Congregation
343 Church Lane, L.A. 90049  310-362-1111  

RSVP Registration Info:

No fee.  Bring a friend.    Bring a mat or pillow to lie down, if you like. 
 Free parking in lot.
(Chapel located 5 blocks south of Sunset Blvd., adjacent to West side of 405 Freeway.)

Jewish Wisdom & Wellness ~ Week of Learning

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Praying for HEALING, Praying for Mercy and Singing Bowls

join Rabbi Ahud Sela and Joy Krauthammer

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  Omer Day 26  Netzach sh B'Netzach
7:30-9pm.   Please be on Joy Time / early.

Temple Ramat Zion, Northridge, CA
17655 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 91325   818 360-1881

RSVP Registration Info:

No fee.  Bring a friend.    Bring a mat or pillow to lie down, if you like. 
 Free parking in lot.

Jewish Wisdom & Wellness ~ Week of Learning

Sephirat HaOmer display

Silver plate holds symbolic healing objects from Torah's Parshat Metsorah:
Birds, Cedar wood, Scarlet thread, Hyssop, Spring Water in Earthen vessel.
Joy's Sephirot talleisim, Omer Calendars, Counting Omer guide books, Omer art, Omer pendants,
 collected teachings since 1990.
  © Joy Krauthammer  
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ספירת העומר


You shall count for yourselves -- from the morrow of the rest day, from the day when you bring the omer of the waving -- seven weeks, they shall be complete. Until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal-offering to God.   (Leviticus 23:15-16)

Below is only one of the styles of Omer Calendars (for 2016 / 5776)
Calendar Courtesy of Rabbi Mordecai Finley and Ohr HaTorah. 
Bracha and dates in Hebrew are on separate sheet.

Lag B'Omer Day 33
Rainbow Day 42

Shmura Matzoh ~ Liberation ~ Revelation
Matzoh gift from my Chabad rabbi.
© Joy Krauthammer

BlesSings on your journey to 'pass over’ 
and Transcend your personal Mitzrayims, 
and to reach Freedom 
with healing of body, mind, heart, and soul,
and to celebrate 
all that you are and can be in the Tree of Life, 
created B'Tzelem Elokeem, in the image of The Holy One.

Chag Sameach, Joy

Pesach art, photos and collage © Joy Krauthammer
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SEPHIROT CH/ART, River of Light, Path


Sephirot ChArt by Joy Krauthammer  © 

Eitz Chayim males, from the Kabbalists: (Arizal's order and seen on ChArt above) 
Avraham (Abraham)--    Chesed
Yitzchak  (Isaac)--         Gevurah
Yaakov   (Jacob)--         Tiferet
Moshe    (Moses)--        Netzach
Aharon   (Aaron)--         Hod
Yosef     (Joseph)--       Yesod
David     (King David)--  Malchut
River of Light 
Painted Path

by Joy Krauthammer © 

Torah, a path to follow, 
sometimes through a dense forest, 
with Light guiding the way, 
and painted with colors of the rainbow. 

Path may be curvy or straight, 
short or long, 
narrow or wide, 
deep or shallow. 

Is the path rapid or slow, 
high or level? 
Familiar or new? 
Easy to follow or not? 
Filled with delights or difficulties?

Torah gives place to pause.
(as do stones in a stream)
Breathe in deeply, reflect, and listen.  
From flowing waters, 
varied sounds are heard 
as many voices are heard in Torah. 

The ear of the heart
can flow to the heart of G*d 
in silence or sound. 
Quiet the mind. 
Shema / listen
What do you hear?

What is my path, 
my purpose toward the Divine One?
Do rocks, challenges, become obstacles (to a well), 
or provide places to step higher on the path?

Can you hear the sounds of water 
tinkle, splash, rush
falling, passing over the stones? 
Is the heart awakened?

In the quiet shade of trees, 
high, by a cliff,
Big Sur
overlooking the ocean, 
I have sat 
on raised stones 
in a gentle mountain spring, 
and played my Tibetan singing bowl.  

I sing Shalom / peace. I am grateful.  I am at Onement. 

-  Joy Krauthammer

G*d is Love
We are created B'Tzelem Elokim / in the image of G*d.
River of Light 
of our illuminated heart 
lives in the path of the Tree of Life.
Beginning with Chesed / Loving-Kindness 
to Malchut / Shekhina's Presence of full Light, 
49 Gates of our emotions and actions
 flow through the heart
from the Source.
-  Joy

Perek Shira: The Rivers are saying: 
Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing for joy together!(Psalms 98:8)

Genesis 2:10  "A river watering the garden flowed from Eden;"
Genesis 2:10-14 lists four rivers in association with the Garden of Eden.
Psalm 46:4  "There is a River whose streams make glad the City of G*d." 
Psalm 23:2  "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters."
Ecclesiastes 1:7  "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from where the rivers come, thither they return again."

Water as a metaphor for Torah: 
Bava Kama 17A  "There is no water except Torah." 
Isaiah 55:1  "O, all who are thirsty, come for water."

"The beginning of all paths and the starting point of every climb is to open yourself to receive from Above."  - The Rebbe's words condensed by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, Chabad.org
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Haftarat Yom Kippur
Isaiah 57:14  "G*d says, 'Pave a road, pave a road. Lift up the obstacle from my people's path."

The prophet exhorts us in G*d's name to pave a road of goodness and proper behavior, 
and to lift up the obstacle placed in our path by the Evil Inclination. - Stone Chumash

Teach Us To Count Our Days
© Joy Krauthammer 

Teach Us To Count Our Days
- Psalm 90:12
© Joy Krauthammer 

Tree of Life


Kabbalistic Sephirot 
template analogy
(viewed from behind) 
to connect G*D's infinite world to woman and man's finite world.
 by Joy Krauthammer ©

Pomegranate Magen Dovid and Tree of Life
Sephirat HaOmer
© Joy Krauthammer 

Sephirat HaOmer
The idea of a beautiful full rose as base of Tree of Life pleases me.
 I enjoy counting lower 7 Sephirot on the petals.
(My first experience at free-hand writing with Mac.)
 © Joy Krauthammer
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-  Joy Krauthammer

Four Worlds ChArt by © Joy Krauthammer
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Words of Sephirat HaOmer

Words of Sephirat HaOmer
                                                                                                     by Joy Krauthammer   

Sephirot Flow

 "You G*d are the Compassion, the Strength, the Beauty, the Victory, the Splendor, 
and the Foundation of everything in Heaven and on Earth."  (1 Chronicles 1:29)

I See Your Face in All Nature that I photograph. - Joy

Shiviti HaShem L'Negdi Tamid
I place G*d before me Always.

silk painting by Joy Krauthammer © 

Tallit Radiates Sephirot

My Tallit Radiates With Sephirot

I loved creating my Tallit radiating with Sephirot, 
from a sarong I bought in Bali.
© Joy Krauthammer

The story of my Sephirat golden radiance emblazoned Bali Tallit is that I wanted to be embraced by, surrounded by, covered by, wrapped in, especially during davvenen, from the top of my head and down-- symbols of Sephirot representing the Ohr / Light filled G*dly mystical energies that I can feel infused with inside to the outside; emotions and actions, to connect more closely with the Divine One. And maybe in more transparency I can transcend myself, be further transformed, and awakened in my consciousness in "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha", Serving G*d with Joy in Four Worlds of Spirit, Mind, Heart and Body. 

Painting my Tallit was fun and joy-filled for me. My Tallit creates for me a Rechem Ohel / womb tent for my Neshamah / my soul, and I can emerge from prayer more emblazoned in peaceful illumination, inspired and determined to do my Avodah in Chesed / lovingkindness, Tiferet / compassion and joy.

Tzitzit on my Sephirot Tallit.

I knew to use one Tekhelet * colored thread in each corner of my tzitzit, so I decided that using all tekhelet blue would be joyous on the sarong that I bought in Bali in 1991 during my transformative spiritual journey.

Reb Shlomo Carlebach, z"l, during Shabbat Pekudei 1994, said to me at Torah when he named me "Tzoharah" (Gila Rena Tzoharah)-- that I need to have a blue thread in my tzitzit. (I was wearing my Sephirot ribbon tallit at the time.) That Shlomo Shabbaton was with Pico-Robertson chevre who were to become the Happy Minyan when Shlomo died 7 months later. (I was blessed to be Shlomo's drummer.)

This photo shares the process of painting Tzohar, illumination, radiance… ( I used a paper template that artist Sally Pond loaned to me.)
Decorating the tallit is for Hiddur Mitzvah / beautification enhancement of ritual, ceremonial objects.

Sefirah = Mispar/ number; Sipur/ tell story; Sapir/sapphire; Tzohar/ illuminate
(Tzohar/window at top of Noah's Ark was to illuminate.)
Sefirah Shoresh/root  = Sapir and Tzohar to illuminate our lives.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch discusses the deeper meaning of Tohar:
Tohar is related to tsohar, which means: transparent; something whose particles are homogeneous and allow rays of light to pass through them. A pure object – the tahor – is receptive, and the Divine light penetrates it. A pure person is one who is receptive to the spiritual, to the Divine; one whose mind, heart, and body are suffused with the Divine light. (Commentary to Genesis 7:2)

BlesSings for compassion, strength, health, wholeness, peace, truth, beauty, endurance, revealed miracles, creativity, discovery, wonder, blooming gardens, sighting birds, majestic sunrises, connection, rootedness and revealed self-expression, love and joy, 
 - Joy Krauthammer

* Blue snail ink from the Murex Trunculus 'Hilazon'.

(Copy of letter accompanying submission to Josh Fleet, Huff Post Religion Editor for Omer Blog)
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Woven Ribbon Tallit

Woven Ribbon Tallit 

follows the colors of the Sephirot 
and Torah's days of the week
as designed by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
for his Rainbow Tallit
with a bissel poetic license by Joy Krauthammer.

Joy painted the Tallit corners, and Ruth Zitch sewed them onto Tallit.
Ruth Zitch embroidered, and patiently with Tiferet / love and harmony pulled out thin woven weft threads in order to add ribbons, as designed by Joy K.
Each knotted fringe tassel of warp consciously holds 26 counted very thin wool threads. Each warp thread was carefully separated and counted with a needle to make a meaningful gematria.
Decorating the tallit is for Hiddur Mitzvah / beautification enhancement of ritual, ceremonial objects.

Members of B'nai Horin, LA, helped tie Tzitzit for Joy's Tallit in ceremonial ritual, 1993
during High Holidays.
Joy and Ruth made another similar Tallit for Joy's daughter Aviva.

Woven Ribbon Tallit by Joy Krauthammer & Ruth Zitch
photos and collage © Joy Krauthammer
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Seven Gates


7 Gates: Eyes, Ears, Nostrils, Mouth

Cleansing, repairing our Midot for Sephirat HaOmer is less intense if we control our 7 Gates and what we allow to enter from the outside.

Create 'garments' as Gates and fences for our openings. Make 'judges and officers' to ensure that what comes in through our Gates is not the bad which contaminates, but the good.
Bring into our hearts, words of Torah.
In addition to every day, this teaching if for me especially at the High Holidays.  - Joy Krauthammer

7 Gates ChArt © Joy Krauthammer
"Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and give me life in your way" - King David 119:37

From my teacher, Rav Rahmiel Drizen:

Kuntres Ha'Avoda, R' Shalom Dov Ber Mi'Lubavitch:

He who worries about his soul, not to bring it to impurity, will fence himself in what respects to the eyes and if this is difficult for him, he should strengthen himself with all his power and might. And he should know that his soul depends on this. And if we will not be careful about this, all his service is as nothing, and nothing will he get out of all his service, and on the contrary, G-d forbid he will descend low, very low...

And he should not worry about what others say...

And this is very hard in the beginning... but with time he will get used to guarding his eyes. And through this, he will find rest for his soul from many evils and confusion and then he will be able to serve Hashem and he will accomplish salvation for his soul with the Help of the Blessed One.

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