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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

Sounds of the Shofar Inspire Me

Joy's own hand-made Shofar in Sunny Southern California
Selfie © Joy Krauthammer 


~ JOY Krauthammer

SOUNDS of the SHOFAR (SOS) inspire me to open with a primal blast, the beginning of Elul on day one, Rosh Chodesh, for self-reflection/Cheshbon Hanefesh, knowing I can meet Our Beloved in the field. A serious soul journey lies ahead, and I am inspired to meditate on SOS!

SOS inspire me for the New Year to once again seasonally awaken to my Jewish tradition and heritage, and connect to my faith and beliefs, knowing SOS in the same sequence of blasts are heard around the world.
SOS help me to stimulate others when I play shofar. Friends receiving SOS are a gift to me, and I am further inspired with Chesed to give more and joyously do more mitzvot.
SOS, as I practice playing, inspire me to study Torah and understand more fully.

SOS inspire me to Shma/listen silently to the notes, and more deeply, in awe, and with strong kavannah/intention to be a better Ba'alat Tekiah (as my husband, z'l, taught me when we bought our first shofar in the Old City.)
Sounds of the Shofar inspire me to breathe deeply, expansively --G*d in and out.
SOS inspire me to use tools, instruments of music of my own faith, and to mamash delve deeper and higher into my Judaism.
SOS inspires me to share with pride and joy in interfaith gatherings with my own authentic ancient Jewish instrument of sound-- shofar, in addition to spiritually playing drum/tof and timbrel ala Miriyahm HaNeviah in temples. SOS inspire me to carve my own personal shofar.

The shofar inspires me through grateful breath to connect L'Dor V'Dor with my children and their child; to the Holy One, Mount Moriah, Mount Sinai, and to our People, all the way back to the ram caught in the thicket by its horns (Genesis 22:13); and to our Matriarch, Sarah, who died because of the Akeda/ the Binding. When I save little goats with their horned heads stuck in fences, and I give them freedom--I am inspired. Baruch Hashem.
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HEARING SHOFAR, The Still Small Voice of the Ram's Horn, 2012-08-19 
post by Michael Chusid  (Thank you, Michael, for this illustrious blog and your dedication to sharing shofar.)
JEWELS OF ELUL VIII in  www.letmypeoplesing.com 
(Yasher Koach, Craig Taubman, in your 8th year sharing Jewels with us all.)

I was inspired to write on this topic because of the daily focus question posted in "Jewels of Elul VIII", 2012
"If you had to name three ways in which the sound of the shofar inspires you, what would they be?"
I dedicate "Sounds of the Shofar" to Reb Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, z'l, whose first yahrzeit (27 Elul) is in three weeks. This will be the first Elul without Reb Yosef, a singer of holy songs. May he hear all the sounds of the shofarot around the world and in heaven.

CREATING MY SHOFAR, another illustrated SHOFAR story:

May all judgements be sweetened
May all prayers be accepted
May we merit to teshuvah shelayma b'simchah
(Thank you, Reb Sarah Leah.)

BlesSing before the shofar is blown
Barukh atah Adonai elokeinu melekh ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu lishmo’s kol shofar.
Blessed are You, Hashem our G*d, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us the mitzvah of hearing the sound of the shofar.

"Then you shall sound the horn loud; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month—the day of Atonement—you shall have the horn sounded throughout your land." (Leviticus 25:9)

Grandbaby's first shofar
© AvivaBell Photography

AriellaShira and her Gemsbok Shofar
Seeing my friend immediately after she carved her own shofar,
I was inspired to photograph her.
photos and collage © Joy Krauthammer

Michael Chusid, Ba'al Tekiah (Hearing Shofar)
Joy Krauthammer, percussion
© Mark Reden
Joy Krauthammer, shofar
© Maria  2011
Toddler and shofar
© Joy Krauthammer
Jael Greenleaf, shofarot
© Joy Krauthammer 1992 or 1995
Shofar player and drummers
© Joy Krauthammer

B'nai Horin, Rabbis Stan Levy, Laura Owen
shofarist, Leslie Goldman and friends
© Joy Krauthammer

Rina Daly, shofar
© Joy Krauthammer

Shofar drawn by Pinkas
drawing in Grandma Ethel's home, now in Joy's.
Photo taken and developed by Arielle
Photo of photo drawing by Joy K.
It looks like I enjoy taking photos of shofars.  - Joy Krauthammer


  1. Your poetic prose expresses a deep listening to shofar and the heart. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Kol hakavod, Joy, for all of your wonderful efforts to apply Jewish values toward the creation of a better world.
    May you be blessed to have great success with all of your efforts.
    Kol tuv, Shabbat shalom, and shana tova,
    Richard Schwartz


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BlesSings for health and joy,