This calendar is a journey through the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. According to the kabbalah, each of these forty-nine days embodies a unique combination of divine attributes, or sefirot. Each day of this calendar features the story of a biblical woman who embodies the unique spiritual dimension of that day of the Omer. The calendar also contains illustrations from classical paintings and modern midrashic art.
Uniquely beautiful, accessible and inspiring approach to observing the Omer as a Jewish learning and spiritual practice. Jill Hammer’s scholarship regarding the women of the Bible combines powerfully with her ability to bring us new wisdom. An ideal present to bring to your Passover seder host.” —Rabbi Goldie Milgram, author, Mitzvah Cards: One Mitzvah Leads to Another and Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice
Jill Hammer uses her exceptional knowledge of Biblical women and her deep understanding of the Kabbalistic Omer journey to bring us this calendar. It is an amazing tool for the novice AND those already counting the days between Passover and Shavuot. The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women is a great resource to learn traditional stories as it gives meaning to our lives. Read, learn, and enjoy– while savoring each day! —Rabbi G. Rayzel Raphael, creator of the CD Friday Night Revived! and Bible Babes a’Beltin’
In presenting the stories of biblical women, Rabbi Hammer introduces us to an impressive range of female characters. Her accounts are always spiced with riffs from classical sources that introduce us to the workings of the midrashic imagination. And as if this were not enough, she weaves into each account those soul qualities the kabbalists saw embodied in each day of the Omer. Her slim book is thus an anthology of biblical women, a model of terse storytelling, a midrash sampler, and an education in kabbalistic interpretation. And, finally, each day ends with an affirmation, an invitation to live the day with a deeper level of awareness. —Peter Pitzele, author of Scripture Windows: Toward a Practice of Bibliodrama
If there is to be a feminist Kabbalah, it will flourish like a shoot growing out of a wall: by finding in the interstices of Jewish tradition sources for new creativity. I can think of no better example of this method than Rabbi Jill Hammer’s Omer Calendar of Biblical Women. Not only does Hammer introduce us to biblical women we’ve never met before, she magically weaves them together with the 49 qualities that Kabbalists map onto the period between Passover and Shavuot. The result is a guide for personal reflection and a treasure trove of marginalized women’s voices. —Jay Michaelson, Author of Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism