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My BlesSings to You

Shana Tova U’Metuka
שנה טובה ומתוקה
© Joy Krauthammer 

BlesSings for a good and sweet New Year, vitality, health, wholeness, harmony & peace, compassion, revealed miracles, inspiration & creativity, discovery & wonder, empathy & courage, blooming gardens, majestic sunrises, singing birds, love, light and JOY.
𝄞 ♪♬ "Serve G*d With Joy” ♬♪ 𝄞

May your path be blessed in the NEW YEAR
with a 'good sealing'. 
G'mar Chatima Tova
גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה
© Joy Krauthammer 

Ketiva v'Chatima Tova
כתיבה וחתימה טובה
May you be written/inscribed and sealed by G*d for a good new year.
© Joy Krauthammer

L'Shana Tova 
שנה טובה
A good year.
© Joy Krauthammer

"The King Is In The Field"
And The Queen Is Next To Him
© Joy Krauthammer   5774

"Guide me on the right Path" - Psalm 27
© Joy Krauthammer  5776

"Guide me on the right Path" - Psalm 27
© Joy Krauthammer  5776

"Guide me on the right Path" - Psalm 27
© Joy Krauthammer  5776

"With joyous song I sing and chant praise to G*d." - Psalm 27:6
© Joy Krauthammer  5777

"This is the day that G*d has made
Let us rejoice and delight in it." - Psalm 118:24
© Joy Krauthammer 

Shana Tova
© AvivaBell

Shana Tova
© AvivaBell

Shana Tova
© AvivaBell

BlesSings for a Sweet Year
Shana Tova U'Metuka
© Joy Krauthammer 

BlesSings for a Sweet Year
Shana Tova U'Metuka
© Joy Krauthammer 


A Time for Reflection ~ A Time for Renewal

Joyous AbunDance of blesSings for New Year
Dance and Drum and Paint your way into the New Year

Inhale Ruach   Exhale Love
 © Joy Krauthammer

Joy's appreciation for G*d's holy pomegranates  
always a good 'new fruit' in the New Year.

613 Mitzvot 
© Joy Krauthammer

May it be Your will, G*d and G*d of our ancestors, 
that our merits increase like the seeds of a pomegranate.
"Yehi Ratzon Mil'fa'necha, Ad-noi El-heinu Vei'l-hai Avosainu...she'nirbeh ze'chu'yos k'rimon"

Heart of Community
Be sealed together with Love and Community in the Book of Life
Not Alone
G'mar Chatimah Tova
© Joy Krauthammer 

Shana Tova U'Metuka, A good and sweet year
© Joy Krauthammer 
Creative Soul Gallery, NY exhibit 2014

Shana Tova Umetuka, A good and sweet year
© Joy Krauthammer 2016

Shana Tova U'Metuka, A good and sweet year
© Joy Krauthammer 2017

Shana Tova Umetuka, A good and sweet year
© Joy Krauthammer  2016

Shana Tova
שנה טובה
© Joy Krauthammer 

G'mar Chatima Tova
May you be finally sealed by G*d for a good new year.
© Joy Krauthammer  9.13.2015

Joy’s "less is more" blesSing
May G*d bless you that your New Year be filled with tshuvah, health, recovery from illness and pain, parnusa for financial health, and with expansive joy.

May you be blessed with an inscribed and sealed good and sweet year in G*d's Book of Life.


May the sounds of the Shofar abound
filled with blesSings for the New Year

"Baruch ata Adonai Eh-lo-hei-nu meh-lekh ha-o-lam ah-share kid-e-sha-nu 
b-mits-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu leash-moe-ah kol shofar"

"Blessed are you, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments and who has commanded us to hear the voice of the shofar.”

With the voice of the Shofar, may your prayers ascend with the power of truth, and be accepted by Ribono Shel Olam.  
What does the sound of the Shofar mean in truth to you?
Do you cry out to The Compassionate One from the depths of your soul, the way we hear the Shofar cry?
Am I focused to be the best I can be, use the gifts G*d gave me, as I am focused on blowing the Shofar and connecting with G*d?

Joy blows her own hand-crafted shofar

 "...from the depths I called out to Hashem." (Psalms 130).

Shofar in sunny southern California

Joy sounds the shofar for women drummers
and home-bound friends.

 A sounding Selfie 
© Joy Krauthammer 2015

SHOFAR (to blast open to the Heavens) mouthpiece is designed narrow – like The Holy Temple windows– narrow inside and wide to the outside, for the light of Torah wisdom needs to be spread far and wide to the often darkened world– more than the Temple needed light of the sun to enter.
The intimate connection makes me feel good that I have with light of Shofar, from narrow opening end to wide end that for me compares to Holy Temple windows also opening wider outward sending forth the Light.

 A sounding Selfie © Joy Krauthammer  9.2015  Elul

Shofarot collage with Joy's own shofar in process and finished
photos and collage © Joy Krauthammer

AriellaShira and her own hand-crafted Gemsbok Shofar
photos and collage © Joy Krauthammer

Marc W. and his own hand-crafted Shofar
photo © Joy Krauthammer  2013

Joy and Pomegranates 
 © Shira Solomon

BlesSings for a SWEET YEAR

Apples 'n Honey
ceramic Rosh HaShana platter by Joy Krauthammer ©

JOY'S Expansive BlesSing

Shanah Tovah Umetuka

In this NEW YEAR

In all Four Worlds, spirit, mind, heart and body,
I bless you that the wisdom in TORAH flows through you, filling you.

I bless you that you know Emet / Truth,

and that you honor your own Tshuvah / return to self and G*d.

I bless you that you know Reflections of light and darkness are known also in Heaven,
not only as shadows below on the ground, and in mirrors.

I bless you to know that your CHOICES and actions make a difference here and to the Divine Presence.

I bless you that you have REVELATION and TRANSFORM any darkness into light,
"A little light dispels the densest darkness."  - Reb Shlomo Carlebach, z'l

May you draw down 
Divine energy to transform
 the material universe into the spiritual,
and to fulfill 
your purpose in existence.

I bless you to recognize the BesSings that appear concealed (sometimes in the depths of darkness).

May you be blessed in your own introspection and participation in sacred life.

May you always hold HOPE in your heart.

May you have LAUGHTER, to lighten the load.

May you be blessed with gladness, rejoicing and exaltation.

May G*d bless you to know your spiritual INNER peace and strength.

I bless you to have loving CONNECTEDNESS with your loved ones, our universe,
and with our Source of All BlesSings, our Holy Divine One.

I bless you to have passion, COMPASSION, CHESED, caring, and confidence.

May you be blessed to reach out for another, to LISTEN, and to be witnessed.

I bless you to reach for and actualize your highest POTENTIAL,
And to create new and to birth dreams; Plant SEEDS.

I bless you 
to acknowledge and harvest 
the Baby Boomer wisdom of your 'sage-ness'; 
to be the wisdom keeper 
and to go out and mentor the next generation. 
I bless you to become a Simchat Chochmah,
 a Joy of Wisdom empowered one, 
and embrace the sacred of your years 
and roots to the Holy One.  

I bless you to find your holy teachers.

May you STAND UP for your beliefs in yourself and in the world.

May you own your own VOICE and be heard.

May you recognize the possibility for Mitzvot, Tzedakah and Gemilut Chasadim / Good Deeds.

May you be blessed to DO what you love, LOVE what you do, so the world can come to you.

May you recognize your neshamah's deepest gifts;
And as a vessel of Divinity
 to REVEAL your soul
 and your gifts in our world,
 lighting your unique JOY
 illuminating Hashem's Holiness.

May you recognize your soul's holy deep inner glow and allow it to shine, radiating outside in our world.

May your insides match your outsides, just as a fine clay pot for its integrity, needs inner and outer walls of same attributes.

I bless you to recognize all the appearing SIGNS and gifts from G*d,
which visit you in your dream time and surround you by surprise in your awakening. Shma.

May you treasure your BREATH, and the gifts in each day.

May you be blessed to be filled with GRATITUDE for your functioning in life,
and for all your SENSES, near and far: of vision, hearing, touching, smelling, savoring, intuitive knowing and of heart.

May you be blessed to MINDFULLY know, mamash / truly that every moment counts,
even the still, SILENT ones, and the ones where someone just quietly holds your hand, and says Henayni, I am present for you.

May you be blessed to recognize the holiness of an opportunity for ACTION or inaction.

May you be blessed to enter the GATES that are open to you.

May your TEARS be Me'orer Rachamei Shamayim Merubim - to arouse much Heavenly Mercy.

 I bless you to realize
 that your tears from brokenness
 are precious GIFTS, 
as well as your joy
 being a gift 
from your deepest soul.

May you be blessed to have answers for all the challenges you face. May you be able to roll and lift and transcend the boulders, and find a well of joy.
May you be blessed to know that challenges may be where you doubt your own strength, and may be that which lift you up to see yourself in light, and receive the gift that is in disguise.

May you TRANSCEND immediate challenges and with wisdom, gather strength, clarity, and courage
to face yourself and our world. May you bless the challenge.

May you be able to SURRENDER, feel the lightness of your vessel, receive the message, and be inspired.

May the Holy One bless our earth, and help us to learn how to keep it "green."
May the Divine One bless you to help create the world we want now, and for our children.

May you be embraced with SWEETNESS, love and chesed / loving kindness.

A little DRUMMING is good too, and so are purple HUGS which I share with you.

And as Reb Shlomo, zt'l, blessed us all
May you be Blessed to "DANCE your way into the Book of Life".

May you be blessed to know and feel the love that G*d holds for you.

May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

I have been able to blow the SHOFAR each day in Elul because Marcel, z"l, loved blowing the Shofar, and he taught me.
The gift of breath that G*d gives us in life is precious.
May these blasting notes piercing Heaven assist and give merit, ilui neshama, to Marcel on his continuing journey.

May you be blessed 
with HEALING and joy
 in your relationships 
during your process of Forgiveness.

I ask for your FORGIVENESS if I did anything in word or deed this year to hurt you, upset, alienate or anger you, or cause you distress. 
Please forgive me. Let me know. 

Thank you for being in my life.
Thank you for your BlesSings you have shared with me.  I love you.

I bless myself to continue to work on my Seven Gates. 

One love, shalom and abundant blessings of health and joy to you,

Joy Krauthammer
Gila Rena Tzohara
"Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" Psalm 100:2
Serve G*d With Joy


My original intention was to keep my Rosh Hashana New Year's greeting to you "short and sweet"
without my soul's usual overflowing enthusiastic ebullient joyousness.

I have been advised that "less is more." Maybe next year...
I take this gate to mamash / truly send you blesSings from my heart and soul.

How do YOU choose life?

I claim JOY

Reb Shlomo Carlebach, z"l, quotes the Sochachover:
"...Friends! Let this year be a real beginning, not the same beginning we go through every year. Let's not begin the old record over again -- let there be a new record. New teachings. New words. New thoughts.
"Let every breath we take feel like we never breathed before. The holy Sochachover says when we blow shofar, G-d absolutely blows a new soul into us.  Lets keep this new soul so holy & so beautiful & let's inscribe each other into the book of life."
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Bountiful BlesSings
© Joy Krauthammer  

family  friends  JOY  laugh  fun  kindness  giving  sharing  success  truth  wisdom  love  health  peace
song  dance  play  strength  faith  courage  vision  harmony  patience  serenity  trust  freedom
compassion  breath  focus  vitality  hope  time  miracles  serenity  light  connection  passion  gratitude

My Vibration-filled BlesSings To You
© Joy Krauthammer

Path toward a New Year

May Peace Prevail In Our World
"Guide me on the right Path" - Psalm 27
Friends on the path.
Thanks Rina for sounding song of shofar.
May our blesSings & good deeds be in abunDance as the seeds in a pomegranate. 
My Shana Tova BlesSings To You
 © Joy Krauthammer
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From my Jerusalem rebbe Yosef Ben Shlomo HaKohen
editor "Hazon – Our Universal Vision" www.shemayisrael.com/publicat/hazon  
A Letter to My Visionary Friends: 

"Dear Friends,
 During ELUL we prepare for Rosh Hashana – the New Year. This is a season of “teshuvah” – spiritual return; thus, during Elul, it customary to blow the shofar at the end of the weekday morning service. The sound of the shofar serves as a reminder to all of us to begin the journey “home” – to our Creator, to our own souls that were created in the image of the Creator, and to the Torah path of our Creator which enables us to fulfill the life-giving purpose of the Divine creation.

The sound of the shofar is a wake-up call, and it is not just a wake-up call to become aware of our personal and collective weaknesses which are preventing us from fulfilling our mission on this earth. The sound of the shofar is to also serve as a wake-up call to become aware of our personal and collective strengths which can enable us to fulfill our mission on earth, as individuals and as a people."

Please make MiSheberach for Reb Yosef, Yosef ben Udal.  - Joy
With great sorrow, I share that Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, zt'l, was niftar 27 Elul, 5771.

(5771 = 5+7+7+1=20=2+0=2 = Double JOY)
(5772 = 5+7+7+2=21=3= Gimel = JOY)
(5773 = ?)

L'Shana tova tikatevee v’tichatemee
לשנה טובה תכתבי ותחתמי
 © Joy Krauthammer

Shana Tova Pomegranate
© Joy Krauthammer 

Shana Tova Joy
Happy with Poms and Mitzvot
© Shira Solomon

Shana Tova U'Metuka
A sweet and good new year.
© AvivaBell

G'mar Chatima Tova
גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה
May you be finally sealed by G*d (for a) good year.
© Joy Krauthammer 

Chag Sameach
© Rabbi Eli Rivkin 2016

JOY Pomegranate Seeds:
May you be blessed to experience Divine joy during Sukkot.   
© Joy Krauthammer   
"Be joyful at your Feast."  - Deut. 16:14


Chag Sukkot Sameach
© Joy Krauthammer 
The schach of a kosher sukkah serves as the medium through which we absorb supernal wisdom and understanding. - Arizal

Be blessed to enter a sukkah alone as being an opportunity to enter Divine rechem / womb, as if we are held in uterus, when we need to be held, contained, with compassion and love. 
The image of sukkah protecting us is like a Divine Mother holding us-- Her children, and guiding us.

Joy's Sukkah with the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy
"There's no place like home."
© Joy Krauthammer 

You are invited to:

Joy's Fantasy Sukkah with the Wizard of Oz
"There's No Place Like Home"
Joy Krauthammer © 2011

Artist commentary:
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PSALM 27, read 2x each Elul day
"Guide Me On the Right Path"

About Me

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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