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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

FIG Tree collages

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PHOTO COLLAGES OF JOY'S FIRST FIG TREE

תאנה T’einah   One of the 7 Species Shivat Haminin




 © Joy Krauthammer 

Joy Krauthammer's photos and collages ©, record the origin of her fig trees (given to others) grown from hundreds of barren branches (scions) pruned and shared each year for TuB'Shvat tree holiday, along with their fantastic summer bountiful succulent savory figs.

Joy's first fig tree grew from a barren branch given to her around 1980 by a friend (Jim Leonardis), father of her daughter's pre-school friend. This branch had come from his grandfather's tree in Italy. I, Joy, am grateful.  

Fig quotes and Joy's poems are at end of post.



Violette de Bordeaux or Mission Fig?


Joy Krauthammer ©
Fig platter I prepared and decorated with fig leaves
for Lev Eisha women's breakfast, Sept. 2012.
Figs were immediately devoured!
Last heavenly harvest of the season.


Figs Imitating Art 
Joy Krauthammer © 2012
Season's Ripening Crop 2012
Joy Krauthammer ©

Fig Trees Birthing Babies
I planted barren fig branch from Italy in 1980. 
Now, 32 years nourishing us humans and animals. 
I am grateful.

These fig tree shots were taken in January 2011 after pruning and rooting in water. 
The ripe figs were from summer 2010.  - Joy


Fig tree photos and collage 
by Joy Krauthammer ©

Figs below are served in my FIG TREE CAFE, dine in or take out.

Figs alone eaten whole, skin and all straight from the tree or basket, figs split open, figs sliced in half with berries or almonds in center, figs cut into a fruit bowl that I've carved from a melon. One friend likes figs in cream which solidifies the fig sap into a custard texture. - Joy 2011


Fig tree photos and collage 
by Joy Krauthammer ©

Branches on the FIG tree below are leafing a month after January pruning. There's even an unripened summer fig left on the tree in the winter. By June, I'm thrilled that the tree in the Garden of Joy is filled with leaves.

(The man who cleans my spa is not thrilled because the fig tree leaves fallen into the spa turn the water green! He too loves to eat the figs each summer so he is not happy that I had to cut down the top of one large trunk where harvesting figs had been easy.)


Fig tree photos and collage 
by Joy Krauthammer ©
photo of Joy by AriellaShira


These fig tree shots below were taken of the very same tree in my garden, in August 2011 while in full bloom with the first week of ripening luscious figs.  Friend AriellaShira picked figs to enjoy and thought she was "in heaven" while savoring them.
- Joy
Fig tree and collages and photos of friends
 by Joy Krauthammer ©

AriellaShira Loves Figs
 © Joy Krauthammer 


Faye 'n Figs
 © Joy Krauthammer 



Faye Harvests Figs
by Joy Krauthammer ©



Joyous Faye in Joy's Fig tree
© Joy Krauthammer 


Aviva

Aviva

Brian

Carole

Sandi

Hesha with figs and passion fruits from Joy's garden
© Joy Krauthammer 


Fig Tree Sunrise
© Joy Krauthammer


Fig Tree Sunrise
© Joy Krauthammer


Rabbi Bill Kaplan, dir. Sholom Institute, Malibu
Harvesting fig branches from Mama Fig Tree
32 years old
for Tu B'Shvat festival
in Garden of Joy
 Joy Krauthammer © 2012
Every year I donate/give away 100 Fig tree scions.


Fig Tree Barren Branches
filled with potential
from Fig Tree 2nd generation on slope.
5 years old.
Gifted to Brandeis Bardin's garden, and Wagner Women.
Tended for G*d by
Enchanted Gardener # 7 Joy
by Joy Krauthammer © 2012



Fig Tree Barren Branches
filled with potential
Gifted to Metivta friends for Tu B'Shvat
 Joy Krauthammer © 2012


Fig Tree Barren Branches
filled with potential
Gifted to Lev Eisha friends during January retreat and also Tu B'Shvat Seder.
 Joy Krauthammer © 2017



New Beginnings
After pruning Mama fig tree to give away hundreds of scions for Tu B'Shvat, 
new leaves sprout
© Joy Krauthammer  2.18.2016


Fig Platter for Friends
Harvest after heavy prune
indoors foto
Joy Krauthammer © 2012

Figs for Friends
Harvest after heavy prune
awesomely delicious
outdoors photo same croup
Joy Krauthammer © 2012



Fig on Conch Shell
© Joy Krauthammer  8.4.2017


Fig on Conch Shell
© Joy Krauthammer  8.4.2017




figs in the palm of my hand
One fig has the stretch mark seen at times on figs when they are bursting with joy.
Joy Krauthammer © 2012



by Joy Krauthammer © 2013



Fig June Bug
© Joy Krauthammer  2013


Rain On Fig Leaf and First Fig
© Joy Krauthammer  2.2014


Figs on Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  4.20.2014


Fig Growing
Garden of Joy  6.28.2014
© Joy Krauthammer 


Fig Begin To Ripen
Garden of Joy  6.28.2014
© Joy Krauthammer 


Fig at Season's Finale
Garden of Joy  8.5.2014
© Joy Krauthammer 


Framed Fig 
Garden of Joy  7.28.2014
 © Joy Krauthammer 


Last Fig of the Summer
Garden of Joy  8.5.2014
© Joy Krauthammer 



Last Figs of the Summer
Garden of Joy  8.5.2014
© Joy Krauthammer 


Fig Tree Sun Star
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer


Fig tree heavy with figs and fallen horizontal
Fig trees joins heaven and earth. 
Joy Krauthammer © 2011


Figs
© Joy Krauthammer  7.11.2015

Figs & Canna Lily
© Joy Krauthammer  7.11.2015


FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.16.2015


FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.21.2016


FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.21.2016



FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.21.2016

FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.21.2016

FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.21.2016

FIG ~ תאנה T’einah 
Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer  7.21.2016


Fig Tree at Sunrise
© Joy Krauthammer  2016


Figs
© Joy Krauthammer  7.29.2017


Figs  תאנה T’einah 

- Joy Krauthammer


Clustered all the way from Gan Eden
beneath giant green leaves,
figs, tender, large, luscious, plump, purple, fresh figs,
ooze white sap when plucked.
In bliss, I lift each sweet sensuous one
up to You.

Birthed to enjoy through and through
I taste the mysterious, mystical treasure,
delicate, dry skin and moist within,
ripe, bursting forth magenta flesh.

I release from the fruit
holy sparks of life. Satisfied
I feel them twinkle
in my mouth 
and as they travel throughout my being.

Figs on the tree, I bequeath
to G*d's wild life, other creatures
to glean and feast in joy.

I prune Your trees
and share barren fig scions,
branches filled with potential,
with others to plant 
and grow their own fig tree.

On Tu B'Shvat
may roots be blessed
may sap flow
and may buds soon blossom.
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Fig Tree and Baby Bird
Tallest Branch, Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 7.20.2015


Joy Krauthammer  ©  
2014 Tu B'Shvat

Hummingbird on Fig Tree

This morning of Jan. 17th, it is the 20th anniversary
 of the deadly Northridge Earthquake.
That morning I was in my Northridge home.
Since yesterday a terrible wild fire has taken 22 homes, 
and 1,700 acres in Angeles National Forest and beyond,
and today the sunrise color is strangely red.
Today is my husband's, z'l, yahrzeit, Jan. 17/17 Tevet 
but today is 16 Shvat.
  He died 8 years ago.
It is a morning filled with darkness.
I don't want to photograph.

I hear a Hummingbird and look up to the top of the Fig tree, 
this week of Tu B'Shvat, birthday of the trees,
and see the tiny bird sitting on a barren branch, and the Hummer makes me smile.
For a fleeting moment 
another Hummingbird joins the first.
There is light.
I photograph.

- Joy Krauthammer

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Hummingbird on Fig Tree
© Joy Krauthammer


Hummingbird at sunrise facing east on newly prunned and leafless Fig Tree
Day of husband's, z"l, 9th yahrzeit, little Hummer returned.
21 anniversary of N. Earthquake.
© Joy Krauthammer


Hummingbird on Fig Tree
Garden of Joy 
© Joy Krauthammer   2.11.2015


Hummingbird on Fig Tree
Garden of Joy 
© Joy Krauthammer   2.11.2015


Hummingbird on Fig Tree
Garden of Joy 
© Joy Krauthammer   2.11.2015


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Just read a FIG poem by Naomi Shihab Nye in Persimmon Tree, a writing site that I love:
http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/winter-2013/twelve-poems/


FIG ~ תאנה T’einah   One of the 7 Species  Shivat Haminin

One of the fruits brought back by the spies to prove that the Land bore fruit.
Bringer of peace.


QUOTES
"Torah compares to a fig tree; Figs on a tree do not ripen all at once, but a little each day. Therefore, one keeps finding new figs in the tree each day. 
So too with Torah: The more one studies each day, the more knowledge and wisdom one finds." 
(Eruvin 54a)
"They will sit, each person under his vine and under his fig tree, and none will make them afraid, for the mouth of the Compassionate One, G*d of the hosts of Creation, has spoken." 
(Micah 4:4)   Micah's vision of peace in the Land.

"In that day (of Torah and peace)...everyone will invite his friend in fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree." 
(Zechariah 3:10)

"She who guards the fig tree eats the fruit."
(Proverbs 27:18)  נֹצֵר תְּאֵנָה, יֹאכַל פִּרְיָהּ

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden was a fig tree. 
(Talmud Bav'li, Sanhedrin 70b)

Trees, our sages taught, are high-level communicators.
(Midrash Bereisheet Rabbah 13:2)

We took the leaves it gave us and made for ourselves loin-coverings of fig leaves. 
(Genesis 3:7)

"And Adonai Elo'heem made for the man and his woman garments of skin, and dressed them".(Genesis 3:21)

"The tree that afflicted us, became the very tree that healed us."
(Talmud Bav'li, Sanhedrin 70b)

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