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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



 which is one week and three days of the Omer
Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer - ספירת העומר
© Joy Krauthammer 

In my own garden (where wild ducks made their home) I watched day after day how ducks in Tiferet / compassion care for each other. With Gevurah / discipline and taking turns, one duck stays alert upright while the other eats.

How do I from this central core on the Tree of Life, Tiferet, mediate my Gevurah? When I critique another (in photography, writing, design, relationship), is it with compassion and that I want person to be strong and be better?  

I've learned to make a 'sandwich' with my critique. Say something positive, offer criticism, say positive with the final thought. (Sometimes not so easy.)

Even Maror/bitter herb, in the Ari’s Seder Plate ordered arrangement, is placed in the plate's center, in the place of the heart. In Consciousness we eat the bitter that can be Gevurah and yet with a bit of sweet (dipping in the Charoset).

How do we learn compassion and discipline from other creatures?

As parents, in Tiferet, how do we use Gevurah?

G*d's life force is within each creature created. 

On the Berry College 'live cams' I watch from the time nests are created (hopefully high from human and predator intervention), eagle eggs are laid, baby eagles are born breaking from their shells, and how their parents carefully care for eaglets as each day goes by until on their own, eaglets are able to fly and feed and fend for themselves. In a few months, birds leave an empty nest. (After years, children sometimes never leave.)

Tiferet / Beautiful Duck Couple
© Joy Krauthammer  5.1.2016

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