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Emily Stern

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About the revealing of Torah at mount Sinai it says “all the nations saw the voices.” Emily wants to express the depth and beauty of her synesthesiac Sinai Experience through art and music, the colors her soul knows at the rock of its truth. Emily is a Rabbinic Student in the Aleph Ordination Program: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She studied Torah at Nishmat, the Advanced Center of Torah Study for Women, and holds a BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School. Visit her website www.emilystern.org for more information, like her on facebook (www.facebook.com/emilysternpage), and you can find her on instagram at emilysternpoetry.
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Holy Texts

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A poem for Shavuot by Emily Stern   My friend keeps a Thich Nhat Hanh book on his nightstand. I brought it downstairs this evening to read...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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On this last night of Hanukkah, Emily will give you the greatest gift of all— time. Time to bask in the light of the...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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The seventh night of Hanukkah is a special night because the number 7 is about perfection of nature and wholeness. Join Emily on this...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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Hanukkah begins in the month of Kislev, and is the only holiday that spans two months. On this first night of the month of...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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In this series of videos for Hanukkah, Emily offers a different teaching and writing exercise for “getting to know your candles” before lighting Hanukkah...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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Come write a poem as an intention for your 4 candles! In this series of videos for Hanukkah, Emily offers a different teaching and...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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Try this before you light your candles tonight! In this series of videos for Hanukkah, Emily offers a different teaching and writing exercise for...

Getting to Know Your Candles – a Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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How do you relate to the sensations and experiences of giving and receiving? In this series of videos for Hanukkah, Emily offers a different...

Getting to Know Your Candles – A Hanukkah Writing Workshop with Emily Stern –...

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In this series of videos for Hanukkah recorded last year, Emily offers a different teaching and writing exercise for “getting to know your candles”...

A Dreidel for Hanukkah

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Song by Emily Stern from Rebbe Nachman's teaching about the mystical meaning of the dreidel. What did a star do to be awarded thus? and what did...

The Liminal (Yom Kippur)

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When the sky is orange at nine a.m., it looks like dusk.  It’s the transitional time Of twilight and morning Of nothing itself.   On Yom Kippur, in the liminal...

Rosh Hashanah Apples and Honey Meditation

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Join me in this meditation to uncover deeper, more personal associations to apples and honey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGdK0sLlCYs

A Blessing for Demanding Life

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I don’t need to be gripped by the other side to know I choose life. I don’t need see someone else suffer to learn I'm not the only one who matters I...

In The Sea of Uncertainty

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This Pesach, we tremble at the preciousness of life so we don't want to cause harm. This quaking in our bodies is an outgrowth of love. The Israelites felt...

Letter to Queen Esther

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Dear Hadassah, Queen of purpose, Queen of risk, Queen of timing, Esther, Purim has just passed. Just days before I decided to stay indoors as...

Prophecy in the Sukkah

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When the music begins to play In the sukkah, Divine inspiration Comes and rests upon him Like a tent,  a cloud, breath lifting your body, A chuppah, heavy air, A bride’s veil surrounding...

What is Sukkot?

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What is Sukkot you ask? What if it is when God JUDGES us on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, He is like a Bubbe Who sits playing...

God’s Sukkah

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God gathers us In the great, big open landscape Of the cosmos and beyond Exposed— saying This is My sukkah. Our stone houses are makeshift Our strength is fleeting Our walls...

My Lamentations (Eicha)

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Fury has come. Truth has been hidden in plain sight And those refuse to see through their hearts And eyes  to know, really know, we are One great,...

Torah is Nothing if it’s Not Ours (Shavuot Poem)

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This Poem is for the Holiday Shavuot, where we celebrate the revelation of Torah. Some footnotes are included for reference at the bottom: Torah is...

Hamantashen

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Flip Haman’s hat upside down And it’s the symbol for birth Filled with the fruit of life and yummy jam Purim is the evil and the good It...

The Tallis

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Do you wear this tallis like a house of worship? like a magic cape empowering your ancient incantation? Does it swaddle you in safety? Do its fibers...
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Learning From The “Burning Bush” Poem

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The ever-glowing tree Leads down many avenues When we are awake to love.   My love Does not want to burn you   Do you notice the flame? Do you notice the...

In A Beginning (Bereishit)

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The greatest creation story ever told includes swollen fingers and widened toes waters breaking below and on high aching breaths, hardly opened eyes fluid, lungs slippery wiggles and squirms white...

After Yom Kippur (Sukkot)

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After praying for our lives on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God opens Her arms holds us ever so gently rocks us in the wind and shows us...

A Divine Embrace (Sukkot)

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Your sukkah is a divine embrace but the sun beats down too hot and I may be frustrated and I can't figure out how to build...

Knowing You (Sukkot)

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I am in this web of twig and myrtle and shade Breathing You Braided with hearts and bamboo and breeze Feeling You Sensing songs from the willow and...

All Are Welcome (Sukkot)

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If you ever need a respite from this world, go to the root and ask, "What does this world stand on?" Something will answer, "A canopy of peace....

Our Harvest (Sukkot)

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When I am held in your arms it is like a sukkah somehow eternal even though it is temporary and it has just enough structure for us to dance...
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This is How You Love (Sukkot)

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When I am in your arms it is like a sukkah It is temporary. It is good because this is how You come through this world. Through the stars Through the...
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