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The Book of Creation: Sefer Yetzirah as an Ecotheological Text with Rabbi Jill Hammer

Hosted By: Lake Erie Institute / Sacred Earth Judaism

The ancient mystical book Sefer Yetzirah conceives of the cosmos as a sacred space, and includes in its model of creation the elements of air, water, and fire as well as time, space, and the body. Each letter of the alef-bet embodies one of the diverse forces that build our world, and together the letters are a network supporting the existence of life. Sefer Yetzirah cultivates a sense of presence and sacred place wherever we are, and can be understood as a contemporary resource for ecotheology. In this session, look at passages of Sefer Yetzirah and consider how we might understand them as earth wisdom for our time.

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Teacher

Rabbi Jill Hammer

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, author, scholar, midrashist, ritualist, poet, and dreamworker, is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion (ajrsem.org), and co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute (kohenet.org). Her new book on Jewish mysticism is titled Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah. Rabbi Hammer is also the author of other books including The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership (with Taya Shere), The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for all Seasons, Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women, and The Book of Earth and Other Mysteries, as well as poems, stories, essays and academic articles published in various journals and anthologies.
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Host

Lake Erie Institute / Sacred Earth Judaism

Lake Erie Institute, through its Sacred Earth Judaism Online Course Series, cultivates ecological community and explores how Judaism relates to the Earth. 
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