Jewish Journal

A Truer Place

By Emily Stern

September 9, 2015 | 12:49 pm

finding place, Emily Stern

I'd like to do tsuvah to be unified in deed and action, self and action

hide not from What I Am, hide not from myself.

Release it and transmute all in this

lay down that life which is not mine

to be myself and return all else

make amends by 

stiching her back into the whole

in a different place than where I have held it captive. 

That's called putting the kingdom back together


All has a truer place. 

  • I Spared Nothing

    By Emily Stern

    August 26, 2015 | 3:33 pm

    Even though We were so different,
    That hardly anything lined up,
    Something more than perfect stars, making you,
    God broke through and Made each of Us
    In miraculousness- in polarity- in, you say, nothing,

    But really

    “I spared nothing to make you.”

  • Being Commanded (REWRITTEN)

    By Emily Stern

    August 5, 2015 | 9:49 pm

    Maybe we are keeping commandments

    by finding the seeds planted inside of us, growing them, trimming them, 

    and in the sacred offering space in our... More.

  • Freedom

    By Emily Stern

    July 15, 2015 | 7:04 pm

    I certainly shout I choose freedom
    past the heavens
    They touch it, swing by the birds, doing double takes, being spun around,

    what was that?

    I... More.

  • Flowers on the Mountain: In Honor of Shavuot

    By Emily Stern

    June 26, 2015 | 8:47 am

    I am glad to have written this

    poem of Petunias that are ladies’ names
    and Israel inside,
    of singing bowls
    that are past their songs-- riding on... More.

  • Speaking Through and Through

    By Emily Stern

    June 26, 2015 | 7:57 am

    It is there that I will set My meetings with you, and I shall speak with you from atop the Cover, from between the two Cherubim that are on the Ark... More.

  • One or the other?

    By Emily Stern

    June 22, 2015 | 10:01 am

    It has been said,

    once we know we are reflections of each other, once we recognize the whole in the awareness of "Love your neighbor as yourself." as One, as the face of God, the hand of God, the mouth of God, God,

    Once that happens, things change, of course. 

    but can we be in splitered awareness, believing we are separate parts, and still care for each other?

    The gift of this time is this question:

    Can we love the Other?

  • This Flower

    By Emily Stern

    June 9, 2015 | 11:13 pm

    My palms are the petals 

    of this flower in bloom

    whose center I've entered

    to find King Tut's tomb,

    a popsicle, my very first breath, 

    a large box of cookies 

    with just two more left,

    The Book of Three,

    the Tree of Life, 

    and the hummingbird

    who thinks all people look alike. 

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