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Return to the Place: Sefer Yetzirah - Book Release Party with Rabbi Jill Hammer & Special Guests

Please join us for a book release party for

Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah

By Rabbi Jill Hammer

Sunday, October 18, 2020
5-6:30pm EDT

Sefer Yetzirah is an ancient and foundational work of Jewish mysticism. This brief and cryptic book imagines letters as the building blocks of the universe, focusing our attention on the components of space, time, and soul and the elements of air, fire, and water. Its goal is to allow adepts to contemplate, and even partake in, the Divine creative process and fully experience God’s presence within the physical world. Rabbi Jill Hammer has created a new translation that emphasizes the text’s embodied mysticism, and transformed it into a contemporary guide for meditative practice.

Celebrate the publication of this unique book with an author interview, Q&A, original music rooted in the text’s words, a slideshow of images related to the book’s creation, and an opportunity to meditate on this mystical, and poetic text.  

Featuring Rabbi Jill Hammer, Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit, Eden Pearlstein, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Rabbi Jay Michaelson, Eden Pearlstein, Kohenet Aliza Schechter, Chazzan Basya Schechter, Rav Kohenet Taya Shere, and friends!

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, author, ritualist, scholar, poet, translator and dreamworker, is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion (, and co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute ( Her new book is titled Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah (published by Ben Yehuda Press).  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.  

This event is co-sponsored by Romermu and the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.

Admission to this event is free.  Suggested donation of $18 to help keep Romemu events sustainable.

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