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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

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- Joy Krauthammer

Dance of Netzach sh b'Hod
Dancing forward in the mode

Glory/Hod of Gratitude;
Dance of Life, Chai, Day 18.
Behold, Splendor of soul
will be seen, revealed

as Elul enters. A month
to shine soul,
remove the schmutz.
Dance month of searching --
backwards, forwards -- cleansing, fixing
all within.

not only victory
in physical form --
Dance of warrior in battle,
to win in life, survive a fight.
Instead, a concept:
going forward
with all your might
for Dance of Joy.

Reach out
for what you want
in your soul.
Power of
Dance of forgiveness, of compassion,
of heart.
Dance of understanding, of wisdom
to impart.
Dance of integrity.
Dance of desire.
Stay on the path,
out of the mire.

Dance of Joy. Splendor of joy.
Dance toward what may not be seen.
Vision of Truth, deep
Dance of justice, wide.
Dance of faith, high.
Dance of trust, surrender
toward the Holy One. Blessed Be.
Dance of creativity, dance of passion,
dance of planting, dance of growth,
dance of hope, and dance of connecting love.

Not only war to win!
Sometimes powerfully,
on horses, hooves flying fast from within;
sometimes lightly, gently,
on iridescent hummingbird wings,

all along the Tree of Life, dance!
...and sing out
your abunDance of blesSings, and drum, even hum,
and dance again.

Dance of creativity

This poem understanding came from an important place within me.  I was in retreat with Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Eve Ilsen on Shavuot at Elat Chayyim, and I realized that my Netzach can be and is used, not only for battle (as with hospital administrations and fighting for life, but after mourning in dancing toward JOY.
Quite a realization for me at that moment.
I thought about how I go forward in life...

The Deronda Review back cover poem & photo
reprinted from "The Deronda Review", a journal of poetry and thought
Vol. IV No. 2 - Winter-Spring 2012

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