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The real contribution of this book is to offer an intelligent, intimate, and relevant idea of God in a time of confusion and forgetting. (Thomas Moore, author Care of the Soul.) Heather Mendel's scholarship and knowledge of religious writings combine with her deeply felt reflections and enlightened consciousness to illuminate a remarkable personal journey by a woman steeped in Jewish tradition in search of the divine feminine. (Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and The Blade.)

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Synthesizing the worlds of Judaism and feminism, we discover the egalitarian paradigm that simultaneously celebrates both our individual uniqueness, and our shared commonality with every human being. Recognizing the Sacred or Divine Feminine within and without, we stand on the brink of a societal shift in consciousness that can heal our world. . .

From Rabbi Rami Shapiro:The return of the divine Mother, Hochmah, Shechina, Sophia, heralds the transformation of the human spirit from competing religious tribes to shared explorations of divine consciousness. She comes to us and through us, and every once in a while there is that rare soul among us with the capacity to help awaken us to Her presence. Heather Mendel is one of these souls and Dancing in the Footsteps of Eve is one of these awakenings. This book is a delight. . .

From Rabbi Lawrence Kushner: Autobiography, history, theology, midrash, kabbalah and, of course, feminism all seamlessly woven together into a wise and wonderful literary adventure. From ancient tradition to New Age, Heather Mendel sets a banquet table for the 21st century spiritual seeker. This is a beautiful book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846942462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846942464
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,357,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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South African born mystic, Heather Mendel is the author and artist of a new book and deck of cards, 'The Syzygy Oracle: Transformative Tarot and the Tree of Life, available in Nov, 2013 (www.sacredfemininekabbalah.com.) In image and word, she brings together her interests in Kabbalah, Tarot, women's spirituality, sacred geometry and mythology in a fresh interpretation of of the Tarot as a spiritual practice. Her earlier books, 'Dancing In The Footsteps of Eve: retrieving the healing gift of the Sacred Feminine for the human family through myth and mysticism' 2009, and 'Towards Freedom: a feminist haggadah for men and women' 1995 are available on amazon and through her website www.heathermendel.com. In her studio, A Word of Art, she uses calligraphic script as an element in all of her 'word-paintings' of a spiritual nature. Please visit www.wordartist.com. She is a speaker and facilitator of women's spirituality gatherings and teaches classes in Contemporary Kabbalah. www.sacredfemininekabbalah.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simone S. Viola on October 16, 2009
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A stunning book about feminine spirituality, Dancing in the Footsteps of Eve throws open the doors that have held women captive in hierarchical, patriarchal, religious traditions. Perhaps it's time to safely put away the shameful Eve once and for all. This is a highly researched and brilliantly written book which proposes that we all accept a healing gift to the world through inclusivity rather than exclusivity. Thank Goddess for Heather Mendel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vishara Veda on November 30, 2009
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Dancing in the Footsteps of Eve is a profound spiritual journey through mysticism, myth and intellect. Heather captivates the reader with her ability to weave a tapestry leading to discovering the power of the feminine aspect which has been diminished in the patriarchal world. For me, it brought back deep memories of ancient times where there was balance and harmony. I feel more inspired to explore and honor my own female nature and support the women and men in my life to do the same. Dancing in the Footsteps of Eve is truly a must-read book for all people seeking a deeper level of spiritual awareness.
~Vishara Veda, author of The Joining...From the Silence Beyond Time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paddy Doron on November 1, 2009
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This book is timely as in the last few weeks in the media, I have seen several different articles about efforts to empower women--(Maria Shriver, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah). When women are empowered, they put their efforts into children and the future and from there into their community and society as a whole. Men put their efforts into safety and growth. As a society, we need both influences. Like a surfer, Heather Mendel is "catching the wave."

As a non-Jew, I found it informative as well as interesting to learn about some of the practices within the Jewish religion; there is a compelling story for others who are non-Jews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Bornino on November 3, 2009
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In our western tradition, Eve is the mother of us all, and has been blamed for everything mothers get blamed for, plus a good deal more. But does this usual view of Eve sour our view of women and ultimately our view of ourselves, whether men or women, because we are all born from women? What if the Biblical Eve's curiosity were seen in a wholly different light - not as evil, but rather as the natural, God given quality and agent of advancement of human intelligence and understanding? Isn't it curiosity and the pursuit of possibility that lead us to explore our world and that drive scientific inquiry? Exploration leads to technological advances and greater understanding of ourselves as intelligent physical and social beings, and lays the groundwork on which we can develop a healthier society. America was founded on the dream of possibility, of forming a society free from all tyranny. The natural spirit of curiosity and positive engagement with the world can be seen as a response to a divine call, for both women and men.
It is this positive engagement with the world that Heather Mendel explores in Dancing in the Footsteps of Eve. She gives an introduction to Jewish scriptures that makes them accessible to Jews and non Jews alike. She looks at the early writings through lenses of history, myth, culture and practical application.
Mendel applies left and right brain, mind and heart to wrestling with the all important questions of who or what is God and what is our true nature as men and women, being made in the image of God. Christians and Jews, and those of any or no religious persuasion who would like to start from a healthy and positive concept of the human being can relate to this well researched and heartfelt "Yes" to our common scriptural roots.

Kathy [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lara Storm on November 18, 2009
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This book should be required reading for any Introduction to Judaism class. There's so much more too it than the title implies, though the rebbetzin does a great job expounding on her idea of the Sacred Feminine.
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