Announcing Jill Hammer’s new book, Undertorah!

A radical approach to dreams and dreamwork rooted in our bodies, communities, and ecosystems.

Undertorah takes readers on a journey through the root systems of the dreamworld. Drawing on a deep knowledge of ancient Jewish dream practice, world wisdom traditions, and contemporary ecotheology, this hybrid work of mystical scholarship combines personal narrative, multi-voiced oral history, and a somatic alternative to more symbolic methods of dream interpretation. A practical and paradigm-shifting guidebook for individuals and communities, Undertorah offers a transformative approach to contemporary dreamwork, grounded in embodied experience and ancestral wisdom, that connects us to spirit and inspires us to heal our world.
Learn more about Undertorah here.

Undertorah is a dream book for our time and beyond that will change the lives of all who read it.”
Dr. Alicia Ostriker, author of The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems 2002–2019, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2015–2020), and New York State Poet Laureate (2018–2021)

“Jill Hammer is one of the most original thinkers in contemporary spirituality, and this book is her most original yet. A wonderful achievement.”
Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Life Is in the Transitions

Undertorah is the tool kit for the new millennium, brought to us in ways that are articulate, grounded, magical and—crucially—accessible to everyone.”
Manda Scott, Sunday Times bestselling author of Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle and cofounder of the Accidental Gods podcast

About the Author of Undertorah

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is a scholar, ritualist, poet, midrashist, and dreamworker. She is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic seminary, and cofounder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, a program in earth-based, embodied, feminist Jewish spiritual leadership.

Rabbi Hammer’s other works include Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah; 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. Her articles, stories, and poems have appeared in publications like The Forward, Lilith Magazine, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She and her family live in Manhattan.

Undertorah opens doors between realms and teaches us to follow our dreams through them, guiding us from ‘fear, resentment, inhibition, apathy, and regret’ to the place within each of us where we ‘can meet the cosmos that lies beyond our limited consciousness.’”

—Dr. Joy Ladin, award-winning poet and author of Through the Door of Life

“Rabbi Hammer has opened for us a portal to the dreamworld, a place that holds the beauty and power we need to meet the challenges of our time. Undertorah is an important book for the healing of our individual stories and for the healing of the world we share.

—Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of Are We There Yet? Travel as a Spiritual Practice

Undertorah is a book that redeems our dreams, gently shifting awareness away from the harsh spotlight of personal psychology, and into the dark, mysterious and permeable underworld of memory, earth, presence, and revelation.”

—Day Schildkret, author of Hello, Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration, and Change

“Jill Hammer’s Undertorah offers traditional Jewish and contemporary techniques for dreaming productively—calling us to experience dreams as meaningful gifts with truly transformative potential.”

—Dr. Vanessa Ochs, author of The Jewish Dream Book

“With lucid language and gentle guidance, Hammer masterfully leads us into the depths of our imagination—empowering us to experience the joy, enchantment, and enlightenment dreams can offer.”

—Catherine Shainberg, PhD, author of Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming

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