Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is the co-director of the Kohenet Institute, a program in Jewish women’s spiritual leadership (www.kohenet.org). She is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy of Jewish Religion (www.ajrsem.org). Rabbi Hammer is the author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women and The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons.
Editor Rabbi Jill Hammer speaks with Jay Michaelson about the new Kohenet Siddur.
I was tired of hearing over and over of Miriam’s punishment, the tzara’at (often mistranslated as leprosy) that struck her for criticizing Moses. Then I realized that the final ritual Miriam would have gone through, after her exclusion from the camp as a metzara’at, is virtually identical to the ritual her brother and his sons went through in order to become priests. In terms of ritual, it could just as well be her ordination ceremony.
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