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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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Journey to Joy, Yellow Path

 Yellow Tram Track 

- Joy Krauthammer

I'm so happy. 
My vision of joy on Sunday was riding the tram to the mountain top to the Getty and watching the landscape go past while looking over to the distance for miles. Leaving the Getty I missed shooting the far away LA downtown scene visible from the top of the Santa Monica Mountain, but I took one shot of the tracks.
Whether it's going, arriving, or departing, I love the Getty, especially with family and friends.

My joy is also taking the photo, showing it to my Apple teachers, getting their guidance and critique, and altering it-- adding more filter and color, as my artist mother, z'l, did with her B/W photos 50 years ago, and as my beloved grandma, z'l, painted in pointillism from photos shared with her, 30 years ago.
L'Dor V'Dor ~ from generation to generation.
(Three decades ago I loved 'dark room' work; today I love 'light room' work.)

painted photo, Joy Krauthammer ©

Mitzvah for Hare's Mom, z'l

- Joy Krauthammer

In the noon day sun
four friends fill the new grave 
up to the top 
filling all corners, edges, spaces, depth
so the deceased is not left 
uncovered, alone 
in her exposed plain wood coffin
after family and community 
say Kaddish prayer,
add their shovels of rock-filled 
bone-dry heavy earth
and leave cemetery
for mourners’ Meal of Consolation.

Grieving daughter stays behind.

Female friends don't wait
for the grave-digger workmen 
to come later to do their 'job'.

Friends with daughter
do their final mitzvah / good deed
for her beloved mom, Rose,
of blessed memory 
and with their long-handled steel shovels
give her a blanket of love.

Daughter receives the comfort 
given in chesed  / loving-kindness
and knows her beloved mother
Raizel bat Mordechai v’ Baila
is cared for
and her soul can soar
to Shamayim /  heaven.

May She be Bound in the Bond of Eternal Life.
May Rose's memory be for a blessing.
Friend, I hold you in my heart.
May The Compassionate One comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Hamakom y'nachem etkhem b'tokh sh'ar avelei Tziyon v'Yerushalayim.

Daughter Hare, with Joy, Barbara and Marianne
Levaya / Funeral April 15, 2011
8 Nissan, 5771
Nathan ©

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today's Vision

Today's Vision of Joy 

- Joy Krauthammer

was my:

* seeing more clusters of white blossoms on my 31 year old Valencia Orange Tree.

* seeing a forest of stick puppet-like wood irises in bloom all at once.

* seeing blossoms of the fuscia hollyhock that grew from seed I found in Albuquerque.

* kissing the lit up memorial plague for my husband, z'l, at Chabad, knowing friends and the rabbi remember him.

* Chabad friends and being greeted by them.

* eating hand-made shmurah matzah at Northridge Chabad following saying Kaddish prayer on Yiskor for my family.

* seeing my husband's, z'l, name on the back cover of the Yiskor memorial prayer book.

* eating chocolate covered OU macaroons in computer class that another student had shared when Pesach 5771 ended.

* seeing the older Armenian student Rose become better on MS Word as I helped her in computer class.
I show Rose how to color in red, her name, and give it a pretty font.

Kabbalistic Sephirotic Counting of the Omer, day 7 Malchut sh'b Chesed
Kingdom of Loving Kindness
photo collage by Joy Krauthammer © 2011