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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.

G*d Loves Me Heart

silk, salt painting
by  Joy Krauthammer ©

G*d Loves Me

Outlining a radiant heart
to fill with intense red and purple
is exciting to me.

Freely splashing water
and wildly brushing layers of color onto silk
is satisfying for me.

A frosting of salty tears
add surprise and a magical marbling finale.

With a bit of a broken heart
I dance on silk, knowing
G*d loves me.

- Joy Krauthammer

G*d Loves You
 ~ a story

by Joy Krauthammer

when my husband, z'l, had died
 after lengthy life-support,
and after I had served for years
as Caregiver Angel Warrior,
I felt very 'alone',
although surrounded by friends. 

My beloved Jerusalem rebbe Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, z'l, said to me,
 "G*d loves you."

I painted these words
 and hung them on my wall where I work.
I felt loved and healed,
 no longer alone,
 accepting this wisdom,
and have shared the thought
"G*d loves you"
 with others during my Bikkur Cholim / visiting the sick experiences.
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Published in Chabad.org
The Creative Soul site "ART FOR THE SOUL, Jewish Artists Reflect". 
May 2013

A Kol ALEPH Feature:  Words to Inspire
June 5, 2013 issue
published by Kol  Aleph Online Journal

"This lovely bit of poetry by Joy Krauthammer inspired us when we had a long day at the office!"

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Artist of Life

I am an 'Artist of Life

~  Joy Krauthammer

My life as art 
comes from my heART. 
It beats as a drum 
and it is open 
and flows in abunDance.  
It is open to you.  
It is open to Oneness. 



- Joy Krauthammer

In the garden,
from deep inside
my joy is delicate and expansive.
Raindrops dangle from flowers 
Dazzling, translucent gems.
Each a crystal of delight. 
They hang and don't fall.

Sun shines through the gems.
Drops sparkle on tubular red flowers.
A circus of joy-drops.
I dance and sing.

Sitting on green leaves of rose bush 
raindrops make their presence known. 
They don't fall.

Gently, I shake down the drops
off favorite Double Delight rose
to lift its heavy wet head.
"Come back, Rose".

Reaching high, standing beneath
laden boughs of a citrus tree,
I carefully tug at the round, full fruit
to receive from the tree.
I pluck the fattest golden grapefruit 
first harvest of the season. 
Ah, so juicy and delicious.
Thank you, G*d.

Over 33 years ago
I planted citrus trees.
Shaking the branch 
I release the sun-lit crystals. 
Hanging from the fruit
raindrops fall on me.
My body accepts
the gift of falling fresh raindrops on my skin,
Ah, a delight.
Baruch Hashem.

So filled with true joy,
I don't feel the morning chill
until I leave the garden.
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The glorious raindrop day ended not with more rain where I live, but with a  w
When the sun appeared I hoped I'd see G*d's miracle, and went outside.

From the other end of the Valley in the Eastern sky where I could see a partial rainbow, friend Suzanne called to say she saw a full rainbow and hailstones! She remembered to call me with rainbow alert! 
On the phone, we share the blesSing.

For more Garden of Joy photos:

Joy-drops also photographed on International Women's Day

Raindrops on Lagartijos
Rose Pink "viviparous" Kalanchoe succulent
Do you see the reflections on raindrops?
© Joy Krauthammer

Rose Leaves and Raindrops 
© Joy Krauthammer

Raindrops on Grapefruit
© Joy Krauthammer

Grapefruit inside
Golden raindrops
© Joy Krauthammer

Orange Raindrops
© Joy Krauthammer

Raindrops on Oranges
© Joy Krauthammer

Raindrops on Jade
(planted the Jade 35 years ago)
© Joy Krauthammer

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Rainbow Eastern sky toward sunset time
G*d planted a Rainbow.
 © Joy Krauthammer 

Eastern sky toward sunset
Rainbow and Plane
© Joy Krauthammer 
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