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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

NATURE ~ Trees

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http://joys-favorite-fotos.blogspot.com/2012/05/nature-trees.html

"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)

"Then the trees of the forest shall sing for joy before G*d..." (1 Chronicles 16:33)

I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph. - Joy Krauthammer

More TREE quotes at end.



Sunset Tree and Bird
© Joy Krauthammer   2.22.2017

Sunset Fig Tree
© Joy Krauthammer   2.22.2017

Fig Tree Sunset Clouds 
© Joy Krauthammer   2.22.2017

Sunset Bare Tree and Clouds
© Joy Krauthammer   2.22.2017

Sunrise Palms and Moon Sliver
© Joy Krauthammer   2.23.2017


Pine Trees
Negative Space
© Joy Krauthammer   2.22.2017



Rain Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  2.10.2017


Sunrise Trees
© Joy Krauthammer 



Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer    1.29.2017


Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer   1.29.2017


Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer  1.29.2017



Tree
Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer   1.25.2017



Sunset Pines
© Joy Krauthammer  1.24.2017



Tree 
© Joy Krauthammer  1.9.2017


Tree 
© Joy Krauthammer  1.9.2017


Tree 
© Joy Krauthammer  1.9.2017


Tree 
© Joy Krauthammer  1.9.2017


Tree 
© Joy Krauthammer  1.9.2017


Tree
© Joy Krauthammer 



Sunrise Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  1.8.2017



Fig against Sunrise
© Joy Krauthammer



Golden Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016

Golden Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016


Golden Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016


Golden Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016


Golden Tree and Bare tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016


Golden Tree and Bare tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016


Golden Tree and Bare tree
© Joy Krauthammer  12.11.2016



Tree, Santa Susana Mountain 1
© Joy Krauthammer  11.26.2015

Tree, Santa Susana Mountain 2
© Joy Krauthammer   11.26.2015


Tree, Santa Susana Mountain 3
© Joy Krauthammer   



Pine Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  10.29.2016


Sunrise through Pine Tree
© Joy Krauthammer    12.9.2016



Trees 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 6.23.2016
IPG week 36  2006



Felled Pine Tree Rings 42 years old
© Joy Krauthammer  2.22.2016

Unusual to see the freshly cut tree and only at THIS moment with sap tears. Shot other angles with zoom but was very difficult because of all the big adjacent logs blocking each other and debris from 8 felled sick tall big trees, and minutes before dump truck arrived early morning. 
Very messy with the sticky sap that ruins clothes. I was in PJ's at edge of someone's private property.


Felled Pine Tree Rings 42 years old
Tearing
© Joy Krauthammer  2.22.2016

Felled Pine Tree Rings 42 years old
© Joy Krauthammer  2.22.2016

Felled Pine Tree Rings 42 years old
© Joy Krauthammer  2.22.2016



Flowering Pear
© Joy Krauthammer  2.7.2016



Flowering Pear
© Joy Krauthammer  2.7.2016


Flowering Pear
© Joy Krauthammer  2.7.2016


Flowering Pear
© Joy Krauthammer  2.7.2016


Flowering Pear
© Joy Krauthammer  2.7.2016



Tree Seed Pods
© Joy Krauthammer  12.3.2015

Tree Seed Pod
© Joy Krauthammer  12.3.2015


Bottlebrush
© Joy Krauthammer  11.29.2015



Tree Bark New Life I
© Joy Krauthammer  7.4.2015


Tree Bark New Life  II
© Joy Krauthammer  7.11.2015


Tree Bark
© Joy Krauthammer  7.4.2015



Tree on Foggy Day
© Joy Krauthammer  3.11.2015


Tree on Cold Morning
© Joy Krauthammer  2.25.2015




Rain Drops
© Joy Krauthammer 12. 3.2014


Rain Drops
© Joy Krauthammer 12. 3.2014



Trees in Distance
Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer   11.2014


Red Leaves Tree
© Joy Krauthammer   11.9.2014


Fig Tree, Gratitude
Garden of Joy
 © Joy Krauthammer  3.13.2017


Figs on tree in fall, not summer
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  Nov. 2014


Figs on tree
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  Nov. 2014


Figs on tree
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  May 15. 2015


Figs on tree
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer   8.11.2011


Figs on tree and harvested
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.29.2012


Pomegranate Tree 
Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer  12.30.2015
Due to climate change, this tree is producing at different season. Normally October is harvest.


Pomegranates
Gilla's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer 


New grapefruit on tree
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  Nov. 2014


Liquid Amber Gumball Tree
Lake Balboa, LA, CA
© Joy Krauthammer   11.2014


Palms, Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer    1.29.2017



Edith's Palm Trees
© Joy Krauthammer 

Edith's Palm Trees
© Joy Krauthammer 


Palm Trees
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer  11.2014

Palm Trees
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer  11.2014

Palm Trees
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer  11.2014

Palm Trees
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer  11.2014

Palm Trees
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer  11.2014




Palms 1
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer 8.10.2016


Palms 2
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer 8.10.2016

Palms 3
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer 8.10.2016


Palms 4
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer 8.10.2016

Palms 5
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer 8.10.2016


Palm Trees
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer   8.1.2015


Palm Trees
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer   8.1.2015


Palm Trees
Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer   11.2014

Palm Trees
Edith's Garden - 52 Frames
© Joy Krauthammer   11.2014


Sunburst Tree
Temple Ramat Zion
© Joy Krauthammer 4.16.2015

Dancing Lady
Temple Ramat Zion
© Joy Krauthammer 4.16.2015 


Tree
© Joy Krauthammer 


Grapefruits Sunburst
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 8.6.2015 


Pine Trees 
Seen from Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Palm Trees 
Seen from Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

Shadows 
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer   11.5.2014


Between Worlds
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer   11.5.2014
gift to Eve
 "The truer you can be to who you really are, the thinner the veils between worlds become.
May you be blessed for your "veils between worlds" to transform from opaque to transparency.


Trees and Stream
Woodley Park
© Joy Krauthammer  Nov. 2014


Trees
Oregon
Gift to Eve
© Joy Krauthammer 


Trees
Mollala River, Oregon
© Joy Krauthammer  7.2014
gift to Eve



Palm Tree Dates
© Joy Krauthammer 
Perek Shira: The Palm is saying, 
"The righteous flush like the palm tree, they grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Psalm 92:13


Palm Tree Dates
© Joy Krauthammer 
Perek Shira: The Palm is saying, 
"The righteous flush like the palm tree, they grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Psalm 92:13


Palm Tree Dates
© Joy Krauthammer 
Perek Shira: The Palm is saying, 
"The righteous flush like the palm tree, they grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Psalm 92:13


May we be blessed to have the strength of the palm trees, 
to bend in the wind, to receive joy of the sweet fruits, 
and the golden hour's Light at sunset. 
© Joy Krauthammer  9.16.2014



Purple Jacaranda Tree
© Joy Krauthammer 



 Trees, Children's Slide
Maryland
© Joy Krauthammer

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 
But I have promises to keep, 

And miles to go before I sleep, 

And miles to go before I sleep.
"  

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost 1922


My interpretation of the photo's metaphoric imagery for poem's last symbolic stanza is that
"woods"/ageing/death/Makom arrive, and connotations can be inviting. 

But as a grandma, personally I have sooo much to 'be' in the present and 'do' in future 

with my one year old granddaughter. 

With a smile, SLIDE into miles of Life with camera in hand!

 - Baby Boomer Bubbie, Joy Krauthammer


 Trees, Slide, Maryland
© Joy Krauthammer


Trees
© Joy Krauthammer 


Fig Tree SunStar
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  6.3.2014


Oak Tree SunStar
 Santa Susana Pass, State Historical Park
© Joy Krauthammer

SunStar
Oregon
© Joy Krauthammer 


Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer  Oct. 2014


Pepper Tree Lane, Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer 1.23.2015  1pm
http://joys-favorite-fotos.blogspot.com/2014/09/joyous-nature-photo-walk.html

Pepper Tree Lane, Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer 1.25.2015 3pm

Eucalyptus Trees, Brandeis-Bardin
© Joy Krauthammer 1.23.2015  7:30am
http://joys-favorite-fotos.blogspot.com/2014/09/joyous-nature-photo-walk.html


Pepper Tree, Brandeis-Bardin, AJU
Erev Rosh HaShana  5pm 
© Joy Krauthammer 

Pepper Tree Lane, Brandeis-Bardin, AJU
Erev Rosh HaShana  5pm 
© Joy Krauthammer

Shin Tree
House of the Book, Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Shin Tree, Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Peacock in Old English Oak Trees 
Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Peacocks in Old English Oak Tree,
Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Peacocks in Old English Oak Tree
Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Tree, Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Palm Tree
Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Palm Trees 
Winter lights and nights,  Northridge
© Joy Krauthammer


Palm Trees 
Windy Northridge
© Joy Krauthammer
The Garden of Eden is saying: "Arouse yourself, O north [wind], and come O south! 
Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow out; 
let my Beloved come to His garden and eat of its precious fruit." (Song of Songs 4:16)


Sunset, Edith's Palm Trees 7
Northridge  7.25.2014
© Joy Krauthammer 
Perek Shira, chapter 3: The Palm is saying, 
"The righteous flourish like the palm tree, they grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Psalm 92:13



Tree Roots
UCLA
© Joy Krauthammer 2013


Tree Roots
Santa Monica
© Joy Krauthammer

Tree Roots
Santa Monica
Anthropomorphic?  Looks like human lying down. Or pre-historic human.
© Joy Krauthammer

Tree Roots
Santa Monica
© Joy Krauthammer

Eucalyptus Tree Bark 
Santa Monica
© Joy Krauthammer

Eucalyptus Tree Bark 
Santa Monica
© Joy Krauthammer

Eucalyptus Tree
Santa Monica
© Joy Krauthammer

Tree Bark, Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

Tree Bark, Brandeis-Bardin Institute
© Joy Krauthammer

PalmTree Bark
© Joy Krauthammer


Fig Tree
Sunrise Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer

Sunset Palms
Northridge
© Joy Krauthammer

Coconut tree
 Costa Rica
© Joy Krauthammer


OrangeTree 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  2.8.2016

OrangeTree 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 


Green Insect on Green Apple Tree Blossoms
Garden of Devora Miriaam
© Joy Krauthammer

Green Apples and Blossoms on Tree
Garden of Devora Miriaam
© Joy Krauthammer

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Fig Tree June Bug
© Joy Krauthammer


Fig Tree

by Joy Krauthammer

Clustered all the way from Gan Eden
beneath giant green leaves,
Figs, when plucked,
exude white sap.
Tender, large, luscious, plump, purple, fresh figs,
symbol of Torah
birthed to enjoy through and through.
In bliss, I lift each sweet sensuous one
up to You.

I taste the mysterious, mystical treasure,
delicate, dry skin and moist flesh,
ripe, bursting forth magenta insides,
awesome to behold, satisfied
I release from the fruit
Holy sparks of life.
I can feel them twinkle
in my mouth and travel within me.

Figs on the tree, I bequeath
for G*d's other creatures,
as Boaz did for Ruth, the Moabitess,
to glean and feast in joy.

I prune Your trees
and share fig scions,
barren branches filled with potential,
for others to plant 
to grow their own fig tree.

On Tu B'Shvat
with flowing sap
may roots be blessed to grow
and buds to blossom.
             ~ 
"In that day (of Torah and peace)...everyone will invite his friend in fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree." (Zechariah 3:10)

I love celebrating Tu B'Shvat, the birthday of the trees. 
Each year I give away hundreds of baby fig trees. 
I love it when new mamas send me photos of their baby trees and FIGS.  :)
- Joy Krauthammer


Fig Tree, Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer


Beloved FIG TREE
before taking entire right top
© Joy Krauthammer

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FIG TREE AT SINAI

Joy Krauthammer

My 32 years old,
double trunk
 Mission Fig tree
at sunrise,
filled with potential
stood proudly against the sky
two days before
I cut down the entire top of 'right' trunk.

This devoted fig tree
must have been at Revelation.
Feel its holy Essence,
its power, loving soul and Source.

My responsibility as 'Fig Mama':
to protect
and save the beloved tree
from totally uprooting.
I must take down half
of its remaining top,
the entire top of right trunk.
Blessed, heavily fig-laden in the summer
one trunk bends toward the ground.

With grief today,
at the tree's base
I stood and was strong
as its body and beauty were felled.

I breathe deeply in great sadness,
shock and horror
at the amputation of its large limb.
I had to choose to save
longer, healthier life for the whole fig tree
with two trunks
and not only lightly prune
the dormant branches.

At shul tomorrow
I shall give the congregants,
the limbs of a tree that was at Sinai.

Dozens of straight, foot-long,
 thick, barren branches,
buds pregnant on tips
with sap beginning to flow
are chosen, pruned, and gifted.
Lev Eisha women, the new Fig Mamas,
will plant, nurture and grow fig trees.

The women and their daughters
send me photos of cherished figs,
miracles from a once barren branch.

Again this year, to honor Tu B'Shvat,
the fig tree gives its present, its gift
to the future
 from generation to generation. 

May my fig tree survive the surgery
   and again next year,
give us its heavenly fruit.

~ ~ ~

2/1/13  Parshat Yitro
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FIG PHOTOS

Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©


Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©


Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©


Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©


Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©


Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©


Fig collage by Joy Krauthammer ©

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Fig Tree
© Joy Krauthammer 2.7.2014


Hummingbird on Fig Tree
© Joy Krauthammer 2.7.2014


QUOTES


"Then the trees of the forest shall sing for joy before G*d."  - 1 Chronicles 16:33


"Let the field exult, and all that is therein; then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy!” - Psalm 96:12

“A human being is a tree of the field” - Deut. 20:19
"Torah is “a tree of life to them that hold it fast.” - Proverbs 3:17-18
Perek ShirahThe fig tree proclaims, “The one who guards a fig will eat its fruit.” (Mishelei 27:18)
"She who guards the fig tree eats the fruit."  - Proverbs 27:1  נֹצֵר תְּאֵנָה, יֹאכַל פִּרְיָהּ

"Torah compares to a fig tree; Figs on a tree do not ripen all at once, but a little each day. Therefore, one keeps finding new figs in the tree each day. So too with Torah: The more one studies each day, the more knowledge and wisdom one finds."  - Eruvin 54a

Everyone will sit under their vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid; 

for the Lord of Hosts has spoken. - Micah 4:4 


"In that day (of Torah and peace)...everyone will invite his friend in fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree."  - Zechariah 3:10

And G-d said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit trees yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is on the earth," and it was so. 
And  the earth blossomed with grass, herbs and trees, and G-d saw that it was good.  - Bereshit 1:9-13



Happy is the man ... his delights is in the law of the Lord, 
and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a 
tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in 
its season, and its leaf does not wither.  
- Psalms 1: 1-3



Israel is like the date palm, of which none is wasted; its dates are for eating, its lulavim are for blessing; its fronds are for thatching; its fibers are for ropes; its webbing for sieves; its thick trunks for building - so it is with Israel, which contains no waste.  - Bereshit Rabbah 41



No part of the date palm is wasted: 
The fruit is eaten, 
the embryonic branches (lulav) are used for the Four Species of Sukkot, 
the mature fronds can cover a sukkah, 
the fibers between the branches can make strong ropes,
 the leaves can be woven into mats and baskets,
 the trunks can be used for rafters.
Similarly, no one is worthless in Israel: 
some are scholars, 
some do good deeds, 
and some work for social justice. 
 - Midrash Numbers Rabba 3.1



And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds
 of trees for food.  Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but 
they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them 
flows from the sanctuary.  Their fruit will be for food, and their
 leaves for healing.
  - Ezekiel 47:12



While the sage Choni was walking along a road, he saw a man planting a carob tree. Choni asked him: "How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?" "Seventy years," replied the man. Choni then asked: "Are you so healthy a man that you expect to live that length of time and eat its fruit?" The man answered: "I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise, I am planted for my children."



Shimon bar Yochai taught that “if you are holding a sapling in your hand, and someone says that the Messiah has drawn near, first plant the sapling, and then go and greet the Messiah.”  - Avot d’Rebbe Natan 31b



When in your war against a city you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you under siege? Only trees that you know to not yield food may be destroyed; you may cut them down for constructing siege works against the city that is waging war on you, until it has been destroyed.  - Deut. 20:19-20



For as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people.  - Isaiah 65:22



R’ Abba taught: There is no greater revealing of redemption than that which the verse states: “And you, mountains of Israel, you shall give forth your branches and you shall bear your fruit for my people Israel, for they shall soon come.” [Ez. 36:8]  - Talmud Sanhedrin 98a



"My teacher [the holy Arizal] used to say that one must intend while eating the fruits [at the Tu B'Shvat Seder] to repair the sin of Adam who erred by eating fruit from the tree."  - Rabbi Chaim Vital



In order to serve God, one needs access to the enjoyment of the beauties of nature - meadows full of flowers, majestic mountains, flowing rivers. For all these are essential to the spiritual development of even the holiest of people.  - Rabbi Abraham ben Maimonides, cited by Rabbi David E. Stein in A Garden of Choice Fruits, Shomrei Adamah, 1991



"[The Torah compares humans to trees] because, like humans, trees have the power to grow. And as humans have children, so trees bear fruit. And when a human is hurt, cries of pain are heard throughout the world, so when a tree is chopped down, its cries are heard throughout the world."  - Rashi



“On Tu B’Shevat most of the winter rain has already passed, and the roots of the trees begin to suckle from the new rains of the current winter, and no longer suckle from last year’s rains.”  - The Jerusalem Talmud



The tree of life has five hundred thousand kinds of fruit, each differing in taste. The appearance of one fruit is not like the appearance of the other, and the fragrance of one fruit is not like the fragrance of the other. Clouds of glory hover above the tree, and from the four directions winds blow on it, so that its fragrance is wafted from world’s end to world’s end.”  - Yalkut Bereishit 2



“The breath of life”…of course that is Its name.  We breathe, and the trees breathe.  We breathe in what the trees breathe out.  So we breathe each other into existence: We, and the galaxies, and the arrays of science and the codes of law and the plays of music, we are breathing each other into existence.   And the breath, or course, goes in a cycle.   - Arthur Waskow, Rainbow Sign, co-author of Tree, Earth, and Torah


“Then the trees of the forest will sing out” and the tree of the field will raise a branch and make fruit, day by day; “And [then] you will take from the first of all the fruits of the ground [on Shavuot] to bring the first-fruit offering (bikurim בכורים) before the altar of YHVH” with praise and thanks.

In Hebrew, the word for sap is saraf, which means fire. Shevat is a time of warming the world, and Tu B’Shvat is a day to welcome and honor the sap—the water in the trees that allows life to return. Tu B’Shvat represents the rising life force as the year moves toward spring—this day is a celebration of the inner fire that waits to burst into air.


"When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, 
only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."
 - Native American saying


1 comment:

  1. Joy -- beautiful and poignant poem/story/image.
    Painful choice in the service of life.

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