Jewish Ancestral Healing: Transforming Collective Trauma & Rooting in Positive Resource

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The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership

by Jill Hammer & Taya Shere

It has been barely 40 years since rabbinical seminaries began ordaining women as rabbis.  But women have played a role in Jewish religious leadership from the days of the Bible, and even before. Miriam the Prophetess and Deborah the Judge are just the two most prominent of these women, most of whose names are lost to history.

The Hebrew Priestess tells the stories of these women, often reading between the lines of the Bible and Talmud to rediscover the women that rabbinic editors tried to eras. It weaves together a careful examination of historical antecedents of these new priestesses, along with the personal experiences of women who embarked on this new path of Jewish priestesshood.

Ambitious, erudite, practical and deeply personal, The Hebrew Priestess offers a deep connection to Jewish history and to profound holy experiences today.

"The articulation of my dreams and longings." - Rabbi Shefa Gold



Siddur haKohanot: a Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook


"To be radical is to cross boundaries, yet also be rooted. To be original is to be fresh and new, yet also to return to our origins. May this radically original siddur be a blessing in all the worlds, may it inspire our souls for generation after generation, may it be a fitting tribute to the Divine Feminine portion of the One." - Alicia Ostriker

Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook is a Jewish prayerbook with a myriad of possibilities for connecting with the Source of Life, however you understand or experience Her.  In Siddur HaKohanot, find creative and traditional Jewish rituals and prayers.  Explore an earth-honoring, woman-honoring spirituality with deep roots in Jewish tradition.  Siddur HaKohanot includes Shacharit, Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'arivah services that balance traditional liturgy and creative langague and readings. 

Siddur HaKohanot primarily uses feminine-gendered Hebrew God-language and person-language.  Masculine and gender-neutral language also appears.  Names for Goddess/God change throughout the siddur as the prayers unfold.  This reflections devotion to the Shechinah in Her many guises, and a commitment to the paths through which She is embodies.  The siddur also reflects a deep spiritual connection to the four elements / four worlds of Jewish tradition.  While Siddur HaKohanot most obviously appeals to women on an earth-centered path, it is created for people of all genders who wish to honor the Divine feminine.


She is One-With-A-Flow: Renewing Jewish Perspectives on Women's Blood

by taya shere & Contributors

Who is the authority on Jewish women's blood?  Where do Jewish women go to decipher the sacredness of their cycles?  How may our foremothers have honored menstruation and childbirth? 

For thousands of years, Jewish teachings on women's blood during and after menstruation and childbirth have centered on male rabbinic interpretation of, and decisions regarding, “ritual purity“.  The wisdom living inside the bodies of the very women affected by these processes and decisions was largely devalued and ignored.

Today, a deeper understanding and exploration of the meaning and power in traditions and customs surrounding women's blood is emerging among spiritual leaders, scholars, healers and practitioners of Judaism.  She is One-With-­a-Flow charts this emergence, weaving together a myriad of voices reclaiming the sacredness of menstruation, and visioning a renewal of Jewish practices and perspectives on women‘s blood.  Rooted in Jewish priestess path and practice, She is One-With-a-Flow raises key questions and uncovers new insights, possibilities and understandings to inspire and engage those already a path of reclaiming Jewish women's wisdom as well as those just beginning such a journey.

She is One-With-A-Flow is an inspired weaving of scholarship, creative non-fiction, ritual blueprints, poetry, midrash and visual art offering insight and inspiration on women’s blood in Jewish tradition and practice deepen and expand sacred Jewish understandings of women’s blood and women’s menstrual and post-partum bleeding experiences. 

Sections include:

  • Blessings of the Blood

  • Tumah, Tahara and Niddah: Toward Body-Temple Consciousness

  • Sacred Cycling: Women, Jews and the Moon

  • Blood Rites: Menarche, Menopause and More

  • Flowing Forth: New Directions

  • Placenta

  • MENstruation: Men and the mystery of women’s blood