Jewish Journal

One or the other?

By Emily Stern

June 22, 2015 | 10:01 am

It has been said,

once we know we are reflections of each other, once we recognize the whole in the awareness of "Love your neighbor as yourself." as One, as the face of God, the hand of God, the mouth of God, God,

Once that happens, things change, of course. 

but can we be in splitered awareness, believing we are separate parts, and still care for each other?

The gift of this time is this question:

Can we love the Other?

  • This Flower

    By Emily Stern

    June 9, 2015 | 11:13 pm

    My palms are the petals 

    of this flower in bloom

    whose center I've entered

    to find King Tut's tomb,

    a popsicle, my very first breath, 

    a large box of cookies 

    with just two more left,

    The Book of Three,

    the Tree of Life, 

    and the hummingbird

    who thinks all people look alike. 

  • The Sun

    By Emily Stern

    January 12, 2015 | 7:34 pm

    feel the sun
    in the warmth of possibility
    if there weren’t so much
    shame to hide,
    we’d embrace our own

  • Chamber

    By Emily Stern

    December 30, 2014 | 4:15 pm

    Why in the
 world why in the heavens
 when God says find a mate, 
Adam never stops to say,

    You, God. Us.

    Why in God’s chamber of love

    Adam... More.

  • Hanukkah Menorah Photo

    By Emily Stern

    December 18, 2014 | 9:40 pm

  • Let Them All

    By Emily Stern

    November 24, 2014 | 8:17 am

    If you need proof of anything
    Of the existence of alien life,
    Of the existence of God,

    Of anything we know,

    "Unrevealed manifestations of God's... More.

  • Performing You

    By Emily Stern

    October 26, 2014 | 11:38 am

    For the love of creation,
    when you share what is occuring for you,
    whine, say the truth. It’s a performance of the highest kind to see the glorious vessel we are as human beings. What is revealed is a human example beyond the one anyone has ever known. Ask for someone to listen to you


    while they know

    they are you.


    They listen to the performance


    you do of yourself


    for their illumination

    of who they are, as a special whole.

  • Pen In The Sky

    By Emily Stern

    September 24, 2014 | 10:23 am

    In honor of Rosh Hashana 2014

    I'm fine with the image of a pen in the sky
    as long as it's feathered, and
    can chisel through stone.

    Draw the truth... More.

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