HARVESTING LOVE:
Finding Love in Unexpected (& Expected) Places

“Giving voice, communicating, is a sacred way to free love.”

The blog’s purpose is also to treasure the gift of language, the power of giving voice.

Jewish mysticism describes the infinite One Light shattering into fragments. These shards of divine Light and Love are often concealed. It is our sacred duty—the most important of all human tasks—to find and free these divine sparks, thus restoring unity…  Read more

Because we did not flee

Because we did not flee

Context for the Image and Quote The lines in the image were taken from a scene in The Tremble of Love, excerpted below. Here’s a little context: Yisroel, a young teacher’s assistant, and the students that he shepherds have entered a forest where they are greeted by...

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Writing as Prayer

Writing as Prayer

The 13th century mystic poet Hafiz defined prayer as knowing the fire by feeling the flame and the water by bathing in the lake. He said you’ll never know a thing if you imagine how it feels, you need to feel it directly… So how is writing like praying no matter who...

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Interrupted By War, A Poem

Interrupted By War, A Poem

Interrupted By War, A Poem by Ani Tuzman   When I was old enough, my mother showed me a picture of her father she had shredded— tucking the tiny pieces into her bra to keep them hidden during The War. Her life would have been over, she told me, if anyone had...

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When God Takes The Mother

When God Takes The Mother

I read the following at my mother's funeral service. I was in my early thirties with a new baby daughter, on a visit south to my mother’s winter abode in Florida, when—in our booth at Sam’s Delicatessen—my mom leaned across the table towards me conspiratorially, her...

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Writer’s Voice: Francesca Rheannon Interviews Ani

Writer’s Voice: Francesca Rheannon Interviews Ani

Writer’s Voice is a national radio show and podcast featuring author interviews, readings, and reviews. In this interview Ani Tuzman talks about her novel The Tremble of Love based on the life of the 18th century Jewish mystic, the Baal Shem Tov. Listen to the...

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Add Gold to the Ocean, A Dream

Add Gold to the Ocean, A Dream

I woke from a dream early this morning in which I had just been told to “add gold to the ocean.” “How one can add anything to the absolute?” I was asking aloud as, still under the influence of my dream, I came to consciousness with no idea who had…

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When Is The Last Time You Learned to Walk?

When Is The Last Time You Learned to Walk?

Pop Quiz: when is the last time you learned to walk again? This is not a trick question. (Well, maybe it’s slightly tricky, but there’s no wrong answer.) Step. Step. Fall. Stand Up. Step. Fall. Stand Up. Fall. (Perhaps be embraced wildly and celebrated!)

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