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Camping, Hiking, Weekly Parsha

Sukkot 5780

An Excellent Holiday Entrypoint for Wilderness Backpacking, and to Learn about the Holiday You shall dwell in booths seven days; all citizens of Israel shall dwell in booths; so that your...

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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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News, Weekly Parsha

A Green Shavuot Call to Action

Shavuot, as we mentioned in a previous post, celebrates the end of the counting of the Omer period (which coincided with the grain harvest in antiquity), and marks the Jewish people...

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Weekly Parsha

Retired and Elderly in the Outdoors

Parsha Kedoshim, Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 To focus on one line from this week’s parsha, which contains “The Holiness Code,” may seem kind of odd. As we’ve...

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Weekly Parsha

Alienation

Just like last week’s parsha, Metzora isn’t one of my favorites (I prefer talking donkeys, truth be told). There’s so much meat for the spiritual in this reading,...

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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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Hiking, Weekly Parsha

Burnt Offerings

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Command Aaron and his sons thus: This is the ritual of the burnt offering: The burnt offering itself shall remain where it is burned upon the altar all...

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Weekly Parsha

A Half-Shekel For the Environment

This coming Shabbos brings us the first of the arba parashot—the four Torah portions that come before Pesach—Shabbat Shekalim. Shekalim is the plural form of shekel. This all starts...

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Uncategorized, Weekly Parsha

Re’eh: Gratitude for Trail Magic

For there will never cease to be hungry hikers on the trail. Every class of thru-hikers on any of our long trails comes with stories of how the “trail will provide.”  The...

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Appalachian Trail, Weekly Parsha

Matot-Masei: Promises

This parsha contains the most voluminous treatment of vows in Torah. In common parlance, we think of a vow (in the Hebrew, neder) as a commitment made using G-d’s name.  We ascribe...

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