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  • More Amazing Than I Am

    By Emily Stern

    September 5, 2011 | 11:39 pm

    DANCING CIRCLES OF FORGIVENESS
    by Emily Stern
    Motzi Shabbos, Elul, Pre Rosh Hashana 2010

    How Silly I am to ever ask my purpose as if I am a period at the end
    of a sentence.
    How curious I am for a mind to make mass, as if anything I could bring could mean something!
    We circle... read on

  • Gather

    By Emily Stern

    August 7, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    there are words for things,

    somethings, that in their coarse separation, like water, become a substance separate from the particle of dust that uplifts her or makes waves or storms. O when do we change from one whole matter of fact to a void whose absence is galaxies, A life up... read on

  • IF-THEN

    By Emily Stern

    May 10, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    (Translation of The Talmud Chullin 60b taken from kolel.org)
    Rabbi Shim’on ben Pazi pitted one against another: “God made the two big lights” (Genesis 1:16a) and “the big light… and the small light” (Genesis 1:16b)!
    The moon said before the Blessed Holiness: “Ruler of the World! Is... read on

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  • Enacted

    By Emily Stern

    April 24, 2011 | 3:31 am

    My 14 year old friend would wake up every morning and do a hand washing ritual. She was so quickly termed with Obsessive Compulsive Behavior.

    She was already in the “system” so to speak having been hospitalized with anorexia, working with it, since we were 10.

    i remember the... read on

  • Alive I Dedicate To You

    By Emily Stern

    March 31, 2011 | 5:41 am

    By Emily Stern

    For Alive I Dedicate to You.


    If I were to trap you,
    and change you and name you,
    what could you ever blame me for doing?

    How could I want you and make you forever the one I decorate myself with?

    When Aaron told the people to bring gold, I think he was being... read on

  • Microcosms in the Alley Way

    By Emily Stern

    March 26, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    To Go There: Little Red Riding Hood
    by Emily Stern

        our conversations are cyclical that i would need a magnifying gladness of hindsight to see anything within this glass of water. it is swollen, my whole body, too much salt, or milk, or something. and what is everything being... read on

  • Lightened

    By Emily Stern

    January 14, 2011 | 5:25 am

    Taste Of Holiness
    by Emily Stern


    I heard that in the garden there is a tree that grows challah.

    She plays my heart and her song she prays.
    living unravels me in a certain way.
    What seeds are you planting?
    The kind that grow deep into the ground.
    The trees are bleached from... 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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