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The Jewish Book of Flowers
by Naomi Spector

Overview


Exploring the longstanding relationship Jews have had with flowers can strengthen our connection to the earth itself and remind us of our responsibility to care for the land as Shomrei Adamah, or guardians of the Earth. The Jewish Book of Flowers is historical and botanical storytelling, an interdisciplinary guide to explore ancestral Jewish relationships to flowers and the healing properties of herbs.

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Description


The Jewish Book of Flowers explores 20 flowers that play important roles in Jewish ritual, culture and healing traditions today and throughout history, across the diaspora. It draws from a wide range of sources, such as Torah teachings, folk songs and folk tales, instructions from elders, recipes from the Cairo Geniza, and Maimonides' own herbal remedies. Written for those new to plants and herbalists alike, this illustrated book dives into herbal remedies accumulated over centuries, including: teas, tinctures, balms, steams, baths, syrups, and recipes for healing meals.

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About the author


Naomi is an ethnoherbalist, plant historian, and educator whose practice draws on Sefardi, Ashkenazi, and Mediterranean plant traditions. She provides holistic plant-based care (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) to those seeking root cause changes in their lifestyle, with a focus on ancestral plant medicine. She is the author of two books, 50 Illustrated Jewish Sayings and The Jewish Book of Flowers

 

Naomi is also an accomplished and deeply passionate educator, and has led courses and workshops through both bibi and ni and partnerships with other organizations including various synagogues. Topics have included introductory Jewish herbalism, Sefardi herbalism, Jewish amulets, infused oils, honey elixirs, and Jewish flowers. Naomi is the Caucus Educator for Kavod’s JOCISM (Jews of Color, Indigenous, Sefardi, Mizrahi) caucus, where she organizes events to serve her community and partners with Jews of Color/Sefardi/Mizrahi/Indigenous Jews across the greater Boston area on different projects and events. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education from Tufts University. 


She is one of the co-creators of the Jewish Herbalists Network, an affinity group within the Jewish Farmer Network, and was the keynote speaker at LimmudFest Atlanta 2023. Some of her favorite plants include garlic, pomegranate, chamomile, mulberry, and cedar.

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Book details

Genre:RELIGION

Subgenre:Judaism / Rituals & Practice

Language:English

Pages:300

eBook ISBN:9798986548517

Paperback ISBN:9798986548500


Overview


Exploring the longstanding relationship Jews have had with flowers can strengthen our connection to the earth itself and remind us of our responsibility to care for the land as Shomrei Adamah, or guardians of the Earth. The Jewish Book of Flowers is historical and botanical storytelling, an interdisciplinary guide to explore ancestral Jewish relationships to flowers and the healing properties of herbs.

Read more

Description


The Jewish Book of Flowers explores 20 flowers that play important roles in Jewish ritual, culture and healing traditions today and throughout history, across the diaspora. It draws from a wide range of sources, such as Torah teachings, folk songs and folk tales, instructions from elders, recipes from the Cairo Geniza, and Maimonides' own herbal remedies. Written for those new to plants and herbalists alike, this illustrated book dives into herbal remedies accumulated over centuries, including: teas, tinctures, balms, steams, baths, syrups, and recipes for healing meals.

Read more

About the author


Naomi is an ethnoherbalist, plant historian, and educator whose practice draws on Sefardi, Ashkenazi, and Mediterranean plant traditions. She provides holistic plant-based care (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) to those seeking root cause changes in their lifestyle, with a focus on ancestral plant medicine. She is the author of two books, 50 Illustrated Jewish Sayings and The Jewish Book of Flowers

 

Naomi is also an accomplished and deeply passionate educator, and has led courses and workshops through both bibi and ni and partnerships with other organizations including various synagogues. Topics have included introductory Jewish herbalism, Sefardi herbalism, Jewish amulets, infused oils, honey elixirs, and Jewish flowers. Naomi is the Caucus Educator for Kavod’s JOCISM (Jews of Color, Indigenous, Sefardi, Mizrahi) caucus, where she organizes events to serve her community and partners with Jews of Color/Sefardi/Mizrahi/Indigenous Jews across the greater Boston area on different projects and events. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education from Tufts University. 


She is one of the co-creators of the Jewish Herbalists Network, an affinity group within the Jewish Farmer Network, and was the keynote speaker at LimmudFest Atlanta 2023. Some of her favorite plants include garlic, pomegranate, chamomile, mulberry, and cedar.

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