Jewish Journal

  • History

    By Emily Stern

    October 15, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    If there is any part of us that doesn't pray for peace, for utopic reality, 

    if any part of us says, "this is not so bad, it doesn't affect me, I can suffer a little more, I'm ok. I don't want to give up what I know,"

    or any part that is afraid of too much change 


    History is a grandmother repeating herself until we hear, a little more senile than ever.

    Go to the light.

  • A Truer Place

    By Emily Stern

    September 9, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    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.

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