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By Emily Stern

November 25, 2012 | 8:00 am

Rabbi Shim'on ben Pazi noted a contradiction: [B'reshis 1:16] says, "God made the two big luminaries" and "the big luminary… and the small luminary".

God made the two great lights: the... read on

  • Hovering

    By Emily Stern

    October 15, 2012 | 6:34 am

    Greatness is not what tells you to be more Great. Is there a simple resting place in this world? They say the point of it all is to create a world for Gd to dwell. There is no stillness here.

     

    In The Sforno's commentary on The second sentance of the Torah, I just read, he... read on

  • Sukkot#3

    By Emily Stern

    October 6, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    I had met this man who said to me, "I bet if it came down to it, everyone would be running after their own lot. They may think they want something else."

    Yes this is for you. you are not alone. That we are created in the image. the image isn't our own. So there's nothing that can... read on

  • Through Out The World: Sukkot #2

    By Emily Stern

    October 2, 2012 | 10:35 pm

    They say the gates of Forgiveness have closed on Yom Kippur,

    but walk through any gate you want-- the sukah has no doors.

    AND I've learned that every sukkah inside is connected, each sukkah is

    completely one  throughout the world, so you see it really is growing.

    Don't get too attached to the gate you're standing in

    ARE you using this moment to cover yourself

    or to really reveal? Turn the world inside out, and we're splitting at the seams. Turn the sukkah inside out, and the world is built of peace.

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  • Sukkah #1

    By Emily Stern

    September 28, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    The moment that we made it here
    to the sukkah of his I don't need to feel anything
    I don't want to do anything except build
    I do in peace.
    I don't need this to be a sexual metaphor, or one of comfort. You don't need to have a face
    for me to love you. It doesn't need to even be... read on

  • Land Flowing With Milk

    By Emily Stern

    September 25, 2012 | 8:58 am

  • A Rosh Hashana Invite

    By Emily Stern

    September 13, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    part 1

     

    I am planning a birthday party for all of us-- the one big person that we are. I am buying balloons and a banner and a birthday cake (maybe a honey one) and we are having a picnic in my apartment. I will not hang a sign saying, "the party's here" because the party's... read on

  • Begging To Give

    By Emily Stern

    July 10, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    The mother and the baby are coming through
    asking for some money.

    He said, “I sleep in the subway.”

    It feels good to give. Don’t you feel it bubbling up?
    I feel it bursting through.

    I took him out to pizza and he started to sell umbrellas.
    “Sorry” he says, “if it’s... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emily Stern is a devotional poet and songwriter. Her album “Birth Day” can be downloaded on iTunes or from CD baby.  As an actor and playwright, her plays have been performed...

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