Harmful & Helpful Gossip

A feminist exploration of traditional teachings on gossip

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Blessed is gossip, because without it we would have no intimate friends--but the Torah of kindness must guard our tongues, as it says in the book of Proverbs: "The Torah of kindness is on her tongue" (Proverbs 31:26).

Reprinted with permission from Journey (Winter 2003), a journal produced by Ma'yan: The Jewish Feminist Project.

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Rabbi Jill Hammer

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is an author, educator, midrashist, myth-weaver, and ritualist. She is director of Tel Shemesh, a website celebrating Jewish earth-based traditions, and co-founder of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute. She is the author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (Jewish Publication Society, 2001) and The Jewish Book of Days (Jewish Publication Society, 2006).