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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


RIPPLE REFLECTIONS 1, #2 and Trailer

- Joy Krauthammer  ©


Although a whole hand, fingers first, plunging into water makes a splash, even the slightest sense of a simple single finger tip touching water, radiates out RIPPLES and delights me. We never know what ripple effect is really created by our own thoughts, words, and deeds. May we be blessed to create and share only good ripples in our universe. 

Ripple reflections for me are a joyous meditation: connection, silence, harmony, vibration, breath, peace, prayer, playfulness, expansiveness, endlessness... I love being in the water exploring and discovering.

I invite you to enter the water and connect to yourself and the flow of life. Enjoy the rhythm, ripples, reflections, shadows, surprises, movement, mandalas, chirping, howling, and sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls (that I carried home from Tibet).

"Ripple Reflections" is my very first video, and I'm thrilled it is also with my original music. For me, this video is a Shehecheyanu moment, and just in time for Rosh HaShanah. I dedicate this 'finger art' meditation to my new granddaughter who is having her Hebrew naming at Torah this Shabbat. (She is named for water.) May we be blessed to 'finger paint' together in awe, magic, and wonder of G*d's universe.  In addition, I dedicate this spiritual water meditation to my rebbe, Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, z'l, on his first yahrzeit, 27 Elul. HIs Torah ripples radiate.

I'm very grateful to my beloved 'life guard' Edith who allows me to swim and play each morning in her beautiful pool.  For my new computer creative opportunities, I'm grateful to my caring, smiling, skilled and patient Apple teachers (especially Catherine and Casey who guided me in the editing of this video and sound clips compilation to create, Ripple Reflections 1).  THANK YOU.

Love and BlesSings, 
Joy Krauthammer
26 Elul 5772


These Ripple Reflections resemble the Hebrew letter SAMECH.  
Harav Yitzchak Ginsburgh states, "The circular form of the samech symbolizes the fundamental truth reflected at all levels of Torah and reality: "Their end is enwedged in their beginning and their beginning in their end."

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Enjoy the UTubes
It is my 'joy in the morning'.


Ripple Reflections #2 With Joy

Ripple Reflections #2 & Floating Flowers Trailer

- Joy Krauthammer  ©

"RIPPLE REFLECTIONS #2 With Joy" is the sequel to Ripple Reflections 1 With Joy.
Please try to watch on a FULL screen.

RR #2 is similar in content and intent; nature gently interacts with human, filled with beauty, sweetness and serenity--a meditation. But RR #2 encompasses more mystery and is more expansive, not as subtle and simple in filming and editing as RR #1. For RR #2, I learned more from Apple trainers and on-line, and patiently used the new editing skills to joyously create with greater vision --an iMovie with lots of cropping and at 9 1/2 minutes, is 5 times longer than #1. I felt that I was back in the 'sixties' and in a candy store. From Lynda.com, I earned a Certificate in iMovie. :)

Dive into the vortex with me and experience the vibrating sound of the gong, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and chimes, and gurgling waters. Enter the water and connect to yourself and the flow of life. Enjoy rhythm, ripples, reflections, shadows, surprises, movement, mandalas, mystery, chirping and percussive Sounds of Joy. Finger paint with me in awe, magic and wonder of G*d's glorious world.

The song-filled Mockingbird is ever-present, non-stop singing a symphony, and gives me much daily pleasure. At day's end, the bird is covered in sunset's golden color as s/he sits perched atop my highest bush on a hillside slope. The sun offered opportunities to be also in delight with twinkling floating flowers.

Ripple reflections for me are a joyous mesmerizing meditation: connection, silence, harmony, vibration, breath, peace, prayer, playfulness, expansiveness, endlessness. I love being in the water exploring and discovering. (Did you experience the superimposed ripple?)

As a percussionist, it was fun for me to play my fingers in a different rhythm. Always exciting for me whether playing on a drum head or fingertip touching the top of water and watching the concentric circles, shapes and shadows; Some clips feel kaleidoscopic to me. I admit that I mostly subdued the sounds of the rooster, dog, cat, planes, trains, trucks, sirens, and rush-hour traffic. Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and chimes I added because I love playing them at water's edge, and for spiritual meditations and healing rituals.

I'm grateful to my beloved 'life guard' Edith who invites me to swim each morning in her magnificent sparkly water. Wanting to express my gratitude, I made "Ripple Reflections" for Edith.

I dedicate "Ripple Reflections #2 With Joy" to my parents, z"l, of blessed memory. Until the late 1960's before Mom died, I watched as she loved the dancing rainbow reflections seen from crystals hanging in her room. Mom and Dad made 'reel' movies, splicing them with tiny tape to edit. A favorite theme was recording how food color looked as it was dropped into bowls of WATER. From Mom, I inherited my first gong and Asian bells. As I finished RR #2, I remembered the pleasure my parents had creating artistic scenes with nature. Sadly, when my mother died young from cancer, my grieving father ripped apart every reel of family and creative movie film. It's been five decades since I witnessed their water movies. I am thankful to my parents for the uplifting artistic inspiration I received.

Are we really seeing what we think we are seeing?

Ceci n'est pas une finger. (Ask Magritte.)

The image is only a shadow of a conducting finger.

We never know what ripple effect is created in the Kabbalistic Four Worlds by our own emotions, thoughts, words and actions. May we be blessed to create and share only good ripples in our universe.

BlesSings, Joy Krauthammer
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