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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

JOY'S POEMS ... "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. ... ... http://joys-poems.blogspot.com/ . . . Click "Older Posts" on lower right of each post page for MORE earlier posted stories and art.


lush hand-painted
jacket's large velvet pocket
holding cookies
© Joy Krauthammer


- by Joy Krauthammer

What paradise. What joy.
From a baker I bought a bag of big
macadamia and dark chocolate chip
hand-made cookies.
I chose them, one by one
from the bakery shelves.

I ate them, bite by bite,
all myself, as I walked
the streets of Boston,
listening attentively
to a church steeple bell
chime to eleven the time,
as I broke apart
the melting chocolate treasure,
piece by piece,
out of my lush hand-painted
jacket's large velvet pocket.

To top it off, dayenu / enough
the luscious cookies were
"two for one" that day,
and I did not even know it.
Maybe the cookie bakers realized
Passover was arriving
and wanted us Jews
to enjoy our cookie freedom
before the journey
and Exodus
with matzoh / flat baked bread.

If I thought
those cookies were decadent,
yesterday for my Gemini birthday,
at Trader Joe's I splurged
on a whole container
of smooth,
dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts.
No cookie dough needed.
On the shelf,
dozens of chocolate covered delights
to choose from.
No sunflower seeds for me, nor edamames.
Not even the cherries.
Surely not milk chocolate
even if they cover cashews.
I passed over
the frozen chocolate mousse cups,
and chocolate cheesecake.
Too indulgent for one,
I mused.

Dayenu, to just have one
pure, round, white macadamia,
bringing me to visions of Hawaii,
aloha vacations past in the sun,
snorkeling in warm ocean water.
Which do I love more?

Here in the Valley of the desert,
I have a whole box of bountiful, beautiful,
large, dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts,
each an individual exquisite organic form,
delicious, savory crunchy morsels
with lingering flavor.

One by one, in rapture,
I pleasure myself with memories.
out of my jacket's large velvet pocket.
I am grateful that G*d loves chocolate.

Will I share them?
Want one?

 in lush hand-painted
jacket's large velvet pocket
art jacket by Alexis, One Wing
self portrait © Joy Krauthammer



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