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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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Holy Ari

 4 Av

Tonight is the 5 Av yahrzeit / death memorial of the Holy Ari.

Below is a photo I shot in Tsfat of the Ari's grave about a decade ago.
I had travelled to Israel with Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, z'l (died 2009) and Renewal chevre. At Elat Chayyim in 1993, I first studied with R. Aryeh, Porland, Oregon rabbi. I had greatly enjoyed his teaching, and gifted him with a percussion instrument, chachas, which he placed on his altar in the class room.

I was grateful that Southern CA dear friends, Lois and Bob Rubin, were with us. Berkeley friend, Moshe Tov Kreps, also loved Tsfat, and made aliyah. He opened a healing center, HaLevav, now also a music center. 

It felt really good being in Tsfat and we didn't want to leave. We loved visiting with artist, David Friedman, and also discovered artist, Avraham Lowenthal. Loved having Shabbat in Tsfat. Loved seeing the Breslover yeshivah. Loved visiting Tsfat resident, dear former Berkeley friend, Ida Lewis. Amazing to me that at the 1993 Kallah, Ida recognized me from Jamaica High School in NY. In 2009 in N.Y., I visited Ida and her then dying father, z'l, a Holocaust survivor.

Tonight for the Ari's yahrzeit, friends teaching at Ascent in Tsfat, Schwartzie and Olivia Schwartz, will take my prayer to the Ari's grave. I have sent them the photo I shot.
Isaac Luria (1534 - 1572) (Hebrew: Yitzhak Lurya יִצְחַק לוּרְיָא), also called Yitzhak Ben Shlomo Ashkenazi (Isaac ben Solomon Luria) acronym "The Ari" (The "Godly Rabbi Isaac") "Ari-Hakadosh", or "Arizal", meaning "The Lion", was a foremost rabbi and Jewish mystic in the community of Safed. He is considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah, his teachings being referred to as Lurianic Kabbalah.

Grave site of the Holy Arizal, 5 Av, for the yahrtzeit of the Holy Lion.
photo by Joy Krauthammer ©

Because LA's Chai Center co-director, Schwartzie, is teaching in Tsfat during the Yahrzeit, I asked him what it says on the Ari's grave. He responded:
"On the grave is tht the Ari said tht B4 morning prayers every1 shd say, 'I take upin myslf the Biblical Commandment - Love your neighbor as yrslf'."


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