Culture, Religion

An interview with Rabbi Jill Hammer

Rabbi Jill Hammer speaks about narrative, practice and embodiment.
“On paper, you’d think that two semi-heretical, queer-identified, post-renewal/post-denominational Jewish spiritual leaders would agree about everything. But as we’ve taught together, useful differences have emerged. I tend more toward meditation, Jill toward narrative and ritual. My spiritual practice tilts toward the ayin, emptiness; Jill’s toward yesh, or form. And of course, I’m a man and Jill’s a woman.
As luck would have it, Jill and I both have books coming out this Hanukkah season. Her “Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons” was published in September by the Jewish Publication Society; my book, “God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice,” was published this month by Jewish Lights. Both are in large part about bringing Judaism back to the world of the senses, and to religious experience as opposed to concept and myth. That’s where we began our conversation. ”
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2 thoughts on “An interview with Rabbi Jill Hammer

  1. Thanks for bringing this interview to my attention. I look forward to buying both of these books. They both seem to promise open heartedness and heart-opening-ness.

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