January 13, 2023

Eitz Chalomot: Dream Practices & Guided Meditations for Tu b’Shevat

By Jill Hammer

Have you ever dreamed of a tree? Go back to that image in your mind. What kind of tree was it: big, small, deciduous, coniferous? What did it look like? How did you feel about it? How did you interact with it? What role did it play in your dream?

Trees are known for their intricate and far-reaching networks of communication. Systems of roots speak to one another and to us, when we care to listen.

Tu b’Shevat, the Jewish holiday celebrated as the “New Year of the Trees,” presents a moment to tune into these topiary transmissions in new ways—and through this connection, as Jill Hammer writes, “to increase the flow of energy between the ineffable and physical worlds.”

In the zine Eitz Chalomot,1 Rabbi Hammer offers a series of dream practices and guided meditations to help us “celebrate our connection to trees, and seek healing and renewal on this earth and beyond it.”

The zine includes audio recordings of the guided meditations, accessible via QR code.

Zine design & art by Meirav Ong.

Eitz Chalomot is a supplement to Jill Hammer’s book Undertorah: An Earth-Based Kabbalah of Dreams.

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Footnotes

  1. In Hebrew, Tree of Dreams.

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is an author, 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. Her 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. She and her family live in Manhattan.