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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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Debbie Friedman

    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.” (Miriam’s Song, Debbie Friedman, From Beshallach 15.20)


    Debbie Friedman has certainly perpetuated... 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

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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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