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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.



- 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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Stephie said...

how BEAUTIFUL!!!!! and the photographs - Joy - they took my breath away!! those shots are gorgeous!! I had no idea that you were a photographer. and your poetry - dazzlingly beautiful! so honored you sent this to me. thank you! love..... stephie

Ruth said...


photos --

Sheila K said...

I enjoyed your poems. Thanks for sharing them.

Ruth said...

Your images are lovely!

Suzanne Roth said...

Crystals and rainbows.....shattering of light into color.
The sensuality of rain on skin is so full of Joy.


Shoshana said...

thank you Joy
I really enjoyed your blog, text and pics

best wishes

Shoshi said...

love your poem and love your photos...magnificent!
Yasher kohech

Lilian said...

MY dear Joy,
You are the most amazingly creative person I know - and above all you turn fauna and flora and environment into things of beauty- your photos are like paintings, The poetry is a delight and everything together makes it into a whole world of beautiful objects.
Thanks for the pleasure.
love... Lilian

Merle said...

As always, thank you for including me in your beautiful thoughts and gifts of amazing pictures and prose. and poems.
You are so very special and I am happy to have you in my family.

Miriam Pat said...

Thank you, Joy!
Beautiful poem and beautiful photos!
Miriam Pat