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Camping, Hiking, Weekly Parsha

Backpacking with Children

I was reading a piece by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about priorities as related to Parsha Matot-Masei, where he cites Rashi’s commentary on Numbers 32:16. Moshe reorders the priorities in...

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Camping, Hiking

Lag B’Omer: The Perfect Wilderness Holiday

Let’s face it, most of the fun parts of the Lag B’Omer holiday are rooted in the aggagic stories concerning the origin of Kabbalah. If, like me, Kabbalah plays little to no...

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Camping, Hiking, International Travel

The Israel National Trail

In honor of Yom Ha’Atzma’ut this week, The Kosher Backpacker is proud to present an overview guide and listing of resources to the Israel National Trail, or שביל...

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Camping, Hiking, Travel

Our Guide to a Wilderness Passover

We cover some of this in our book, The Kosher Backpacker, but as Pesach starts Friday night, there may be Jewish thru-hikers out there, or people availing themselves of spring break from...

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Camping, Weekly Parsha

Family Purity and the Outdoors

This week’s parsha, Tazria (Leviticus 12:1–13:59) continues the exposition of our purity laws. In this portion, there’s purity after pregnancy, and tzaarat, which is often...

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Camping, Hiking

Our (Basic) Guide to Hammock Backpacking

After my go-to camping mattress deflated on a cold, winter night in a shelter in the Adirondacks, I was ready for a change. It was a long circuit around and up the Seward Range. I prefer...

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Camping, Featured, News, On The Water

On Tranquil Waters: Debsconeag Lakes

After a test of my RAV4’s tires and suspension coming down a 4.5 mile stretch of rocks and pits, Amelia and I stood on the perhaps manufactured beach along the Debsconeag Deadwater at...

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