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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


Psalms of My Soul

ספירת העומר

Sephirat HaOmer day 31 we count, that is 4 weeks and 3 days of the Omer.
Tiferet sh b'Hod
Beauty and Harmony in Humility, Awe and Splendor

FULL MOON ~ Beauty Within Face of G*d.

- Joy Krauthammer

In my hillside home, sitting at my computer, a light catches my eye and I glance toward the right. Through the kitchen window, wonderfully surprised, clearly I see the large, full bright orange moon. I am in awe of its beauty and balance as it hangs alone in the sky. I look over my shoulder, and my heart feels full as I gaze upon the moon, like a magnet, and my fingers continue to type.  Even as I watch it, the orange moon is quickly rising, and turning a brighter lighter shade. 

How many photos can I shoot of this round object in the night sky that shows up on all my film as a round shape in the dark sky? 

Almost 20 years ago a friend of mine married another friend of mine. Purposefully for a shidduch / marriage, I had introduced Caroline and Dick.  I took a photo of the newlyweds kissing at night following the afternoon wedding (where I was in Hod, happily and humbly honored as Chuppah holder). Consciously I moved, and maneuvered my body into low position so that the full moon would be visible closely over their heads. 

Years later I saw the framed photo on their bedroom dresser and commented on the glorious simcha. My dear friend questioned me, "But what is that circle over our heads?"  I laughed when I recalled how I had adjusted my body low to catch that very high moving scene. I admired my artistry, and wisdom in uniting them under both the chuppah, and the moon.

In Tiferet / Compassion, I wanted Dick to especially meet Caroline because his beloved first wife, Joyce,z"l, had died, and I wanted Dick to have another wonderful marriage filled with a woman's heart, beauty and harmony.  In compassion, I wanted Caroline to meet a man with wonderful midot / qualities. I had compassion for Caroline's brother, my publisher David, who wanted his sister to wed a mentsch/a good man. Amayn.

Caroline Epstein and Dick Blatman under a full moon following Chuppah.  
(First time I had photographed a full moon.)
© Joy Krauthammer  11.28.1993

Rabbi William Kramer, z"l, said I "created angels by making a shidduch / a match".
Theirs was a marriage heralded in heaven. 
Very sadly, just short of their 20 wedding anniversary, and a very loving marriage 
filled with devotion and creativity, 
beloved Caroline, z"l, died. 
May Caroline's soul soar in Shmayim/Heaven. 
May Dick and family be comforted.

With great sadness I share that my friend Dick, z"l, died a year after his beloved Caroline. 

Newlyweds, Caroline and Dick
with officiating Rabbi Bill/William Kramer and Joy Krauthammer, shadchen / match maker.


Tonight, once again, I must bend my body low in Hod/Humility to continue to see the Splendor through the window, as I type with the rising moon, and I am in awe, in Hod.
I feel mamash/truly blessed that I can witness and photograph all this Divine beauty. 

Baruch Hashem for the glory that is the gift to us in the very visible full moon. My iPhoto library has a zillion shots of moons, hmm, or is that a cheese ball?

How do I/you express mamash Tiferet/beauty, harmony, balance, truth and compassion within the Hod/Splendor of G*d's universe? 
How do we express our Hod/gratitude and acknowledgement of a life filled with G*d's creations filled with Splendor?
What are our actions that elevate the qualities of Tiferet and Hod?

Do I say 'hoda'ah'/Thank you' to G*d and recognize that my qualities come from the Holy One, and I am blessed to have these in my life-time, and to serve better with them?

Do I take for granted that the moon rises daily giving us moon light?
Do I appreciate this Glory of G*d, and see the world in the same awe and with gratitude?
Can I see the awesome qualities of individuals, and see that I can add balance to our universe and make matches for all reasons, love, business, social, health, learning, arts, and activities.
How can this awareness of beauty, balance, truth, compassion, gratitude, splendor, help me to be all that I am, and to uplift and inspire others?

Taurus Full Moon Hod sh b'Tiferet
Garden of Joy 
© Joy Krauthammer  5.15.2014 

The Sun in Taurus Full Moon, is the most powerful Full Moon of the year. The Sun’s transit through Taurus exalts the Moon and Taurus is ruled by Venus, the spiritual ruler of Earth. 
Of what importance is this full moon of May to you personally? Does it seem to you of sufficient importance to warrant your utmost effort? Do you really believe that on that day there can come a release of spiritual energy of sufficient potency to change world affairs, provided that humanity plays its part? - Alice Bailey

Full Moon
© Joy Krauthammer  5.21.2016

Full Moon
© Joy Krauthammer  5.21.2016

Full Moon
© Joy Krauthammer  8.29.2015
Less Full Moon the next night
© Joy Krauthammer

Full Moon and Vivian
Ball of energy, Garden of Joy.
Shot during week of Tiferet/balance and harmony. 
Took a lot of Gevurah/limitation to maintain the embrace of beautiful moon. 
© Joy Krauthammer   5.14.2014

Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Full Moon and Fig Tree
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Full Lunar Eclipse, Red Moon  4.2014
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Orange Full Moon
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Full Mogen Dovid Star Moon 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Morning Full Moon
© Joy Krauthammer 7.3.2015

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Batya M. said...

That “Moon” last night was magnificent and you captured it.
You are so gifted.
Love you,

Bruce M said...

Wonderful moon shot, Joy. Doesn't look real.
Good Shabbos,
Cousin Bruce

Gloria O said...

Hi Joy,
I had been following your photography on FaceBook. Very gorgeous flowers, and moons, and sunsets. Really terrific.
Love, Gloria

Faye said...

Hi Joy,
Your moon photos and water lilies for Omer counting are great. Thank you.
Lots of love,

Aviva R said...

You get better and better, Joy.
Love all the moon photos!

Carol Kaufman said...

I can't get over your magnificent eye in taking photos.
Thank you for sharing.

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