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By Emily Stern

January 11, 2011 | 12:37 pm

“And the women dancing with their timbrels follow Miriam as she sang a song, Sing a song to the One whom we’ve exalted! Miriam and the women dance and dance the whole night long.”... read on

  • Lion

    By Emily Stern

    December 28, 2010 | 10:10 am

    Written by Emily Stern 2010
    after visiting Nishmat, a prospective Torah learning environment.
    In Honor of Rebbe Akiva and the Concept of
    ריבה ומיעט וריבה

    Master of This one verse.

    Who can create anything
    my arms are raised to you.

    my eyes being remade…

    There’s... read on

  • Flame

    By Emily Stern

    December 19, 2010 | 4:07 am

    Joyous friend, joyous ocean,
    all the world can hear you.
    All the beings on this planet all the worlds of this world
    finger puppets, dinner guests, dancing questions
    dismal breaths, timely pressure, turquoise tests,
    tambourines, and time.
    I trust that you already know,
    all that you... read on

  • The Gates

    By Emily Stern

    December 14, 2010 | 12:45 am

    what would it be?

    What would it be like?

    am i the one holding myself?
    who says this? who wants that?

    under the gates, the plants are growing,

    A timeless way to go about going,
    a sure to be taste of reaping and sowing.

    the One is holding itself.

    I am where I am, what... read on

  • Not Around

    By Emily Stern

    November 14, 2010 | 5:45 am

    Written in 2007.
    This is a level of consciousness with which I am no longer engaged, at the moment,  Thank Gd. I wonder if others are. Please have faith, if you are.

    Not Around

    The Universe Is keeping me passive
    by forcing me to forget before I forgive.

    They are plucking roses... read on


    By Emily Stern

    August 6, 2010 | 12:44 am


    This praying for love is not separate.
        Love does not pick me out from the crowd

    and raise me up, but allow

    me to grow, beautifully


    her very own forest
        alive in the growing of her holy abode.

    Some words like Holy seem redundant
        when speaking about... read on

  • Jacob’s Love

    By Emily Stern

    July 7, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    I am so in love with you.
    I have never known love like this.
    wanting for what I already have.
    yearning for that which I am.
    So wanting to be within myself
    to know myself
    to be(come) myself.
    that to expend the energy to give myself something, anything, a gift
    Or to take the moment... read on

  • Ego

    By Emily Stern

    July 7, 2010 | 10:41 pm

    My ego you have crafted
    Hand carved
    With weavings so delicate and perfect
    Written With a pen so fine
    Of infinite moments in time
    Of conversations
    Mixed with tinted temperment
    Painted with the science
    Of astrology, chronology
    And biology
    So perfect is each moment
    That I can only bless myself
    As your chariot
    A container of dreams
    And cosmic science experiments
    Loving you
    Wishing for you
    As only “I” can.

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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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