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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

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 


Laura Owens said...

Dearest Joy,
Your Omer blog is amazing! I MUST use it next year!!!
You are such a deep, sharing, caring soul. I am so blessed to know you and have you in my life...
Wishing you a beautiful shabbat.

Dov said...

HaSefirot, of course ... I love it!

Allene P said...

(River of Light)
I love your painting of the blue path and gloriously joyful trees.
I see the narrow portion of the path as the beginning of the journey, and the wider portion of the road in the foreground as where I'm going. On other days I might envision the foreground as the place to begin, and the unseen place in the distance as part of my path into the unknown that will also hold blessings. Either way, I can shine God's light on the trees (many of them may be distractions) -- and "see" the path in a clear and vibrant light -- whether day or night, or on sunny or dark days.

What was/is your vision for this beautiful piece of art?

Love and thanks to you for enriching my life,

JOY Krauthammer, MBA said...

Dear Allene,
Thank you for sharing your visions of River of Light. I appreciate them, and they inspire me to think more of my visions in this image which was an artistic challenge to create, and a meaningful art for me.
Think I'll just sit longer on the Tiferet stone in middle of River and meditate on the Sephirot, as now I'm doing.
BlesSings for a liberating Pesach journey.