Jewish Journal


By Emily Stern

December 16, 2011 | 8:25 am

You lie here
speaking of echos
like a project that has no ending
like an abyss
who can swim only as far as you can swim.
Divine, letting us see swimming pools
when there is an ocean.

Training wheels this world is
for vastness and completeness.

  • Dreaming Is For

    By Emily Stern

    October 30, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    you know all my dreaming
    comes from just one feeling
    that i never want this to end.
    The dessert of finding water.

    Is the beach just a desert
    who has found her water?
    moshe a stick that has a lost her
    Like we found a home in the wind?
    I know what you mean in my dream. What do I... read on

  • Just Singing

    By Emily Stern

    October 12, 2011 | 11:28 am

    They’re just singing
    and the rest of the world is a reflection pool.

    all a marionette following
    like the angels sway

    The whole wide world swinging with song
    singing the wisdom is singing too.
    humming a bass line, rustling leaves,

    they’re just singing.

    The mystical gardens do... read on

  • New

    By Emily Stern

    September 22, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    I am a little open ended
    clinging to your tallis, winging it, looking up at you, Trusting you.
    Your every move, expecting the best.
    Anything, be for good
    I love the Tallit we are enraptured in,

    Just the feeling.

    That’s not what I asked for when I asked for you.
    Just the feeling... read on

  • Shofar Flash Mob

    By Emily Stern

    September 7, 2011 | 1:36 pm



  • More Amazing Than I Am

    By Emily Stern

    September 5, 2011 | 11:39 pm

    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


    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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