Jill Hammer

What’s Under the Words

The entrance
to the world in which we belong
isn’t far from here.
We could find it
without shifting our gaze,
without taking another breath.

We could fall in
without moving,
without walking,
without mystery.

On the nether throne
we’d find the very light
that falls across this room,

and in the deepest chamber,
the darkest moonlit one,
we’d find
this very story

and the page
we haven’t yet turned.




Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and the co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.  A ritualist, liturgist, poet, dreamworker, and scholar, Rabbi Hammer is the author of a number of books, including The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for all SeasonsSisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical WomenThe Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership (with Taya Shere), and The Book of Earth and Other Mysteries.  Her forthcoming book is titled Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation., and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah. She is the translator of Siddur haKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook, and The Romemu Siddur.  She lives in Manhattan with her wife and daughter.