Wilderness Torah provides thought leadership at the cutting-edge of the movement to remember and reconnect to Judaism’s ancient earth-based roots.

Below are thought pieces about the earth-based Judaism movement, commentary on the weekly Torah portion and Jewish holidays, and teachings about the innovative work of Wilderness Torah to reconnect Jewish culture to its indigenous roots.


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Tu B‘Shvat: The Beginning of Liberation

by Maggid Zelig Golden
8 Sh’vat 5775 | January 27, 2015

As Ecclesiastes explains, “For everything, there is a season” (Ecc. 3:1). Pause and take a look outside. Look closely at the

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Chanukah Light of Redemption

by Maggid Zelig Golden
26 Kislev 5775 | December 18, 2014

In recent weeks we have witnessed fires of protest burning in the streets of Ferguson, East Jerusalem, and close to home

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Three Approaches to California’s Drought

by Suzannah Sosman
19 Cheshvan 5775 | November 12, 2014

At Sukkot on the Farm this year, our theme was “Shmita: Elements in Balance.” With California facing extreme drought, this theme resonated deeply. Elements

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Shmita: Shabbat for the Land

by Maggid Zelig Golden
22 Elul 5775 | September 17, 2014

Greetings from Jerusalem!

I have been here nearly two months and after an intense summer, I am grateful for the calm that has

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Commemorating Tisha B’Av

by Maggid Zelig Golden
10 Av 5774 | August 6, 2014

Yesterday was Tisha B’Av, the ninth of the Hebrew month Av, a festival and fast day commemorating the destruction of our ancient

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Countering the Effects of Nature Deficit Disorder

by Sarai Shapiro
11 Tamuz 5774 | July 9, 2014

When’s the last time you…

played hide and seek in the woods
listened to the call of the birds
followed a deer trail to its

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Carrying Reb Zalman’s ztz”l Legacy Forward

Heart Open, Earth Connected
by Maggid Zelig Golden
6 Tamuz 5774 | July 4, 2014

I join my teachers, friends, and colleagues from across the Jewish world to share the news of the

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Raising Wise Humans

Learning from the Garden of Eden
by Sarai Shapiro, Wilderness Torah Youth Programs Director
5 Adar I 5774 | February 5, 2014

How have you truly learned, grown, and gained wisdom in your

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Exodus: A Call to the Wilderness

by Jared Gellert
2 Shvat 5774 | January 3, 2014

We recently began reading the book of Exodus, the interwoven story of how we became a people with a specific religious orientation.

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Rededicating Our Sacred Fire

by Maggid Zelig Golden
30 Kislev 5774 | December 3, 2013

Hanukkah, which means “rededication,” commemorates the Maccabee army’s military victory against the Syrian empire, which had nearly defeated the Jews and

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Rowan’s Encounter with God

by Rowan Gould-Bayba, B’naiture 2011–13 graduate
6 Kislev 5774 | November 9, 2013

This drash (teaching) starts with a cold dark night. I had just turned 13, and was challenged to go

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Abraham’s Oaks: Portal to the Divine

by Maggid Zelig Golden
13 Cheshvan 5774 | October 17, 2013

Jon Young offered a stirring perspective during his address at Sukkot on the Farm this fall — the power of nature

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Jon Young Conversation with Zelig Golden & Rachel Ruch

by Jon Young, Zelig Golden, Rachel Ruch & Sukkot on the Farm Community
17 Tishrei 5774 | September 21, 2013

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Honoring the Waters: A Critical Sukkot Tikkun

by Maggid Zelig Golden
13 Tishrei 5774 | September 17, 2013

We have passed through the gates of Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur. For each of us I pray that we are

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Tishrei: New Beginnings for Us and for the World

by Maggid Zelig Golden
September 3, 2013 | 28 Elul 5773

L’shana Tova! (A good year!)

Tomorrow we pass through the gate of the first day of Tishrei, Rosh Hoshana, the head of

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The Jewish Medicine Wheel

by Sarai Shapiro | 10th of Tevet 5771
17th of December, 2010 | Originally published in ZEEK

In my mid-twenties, I was drawn to live at a Jewish Retreat center in

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Reconnecting to Our Earth-Based Roots

by Zelig Golden | 20th Tevet 5771
December 27, 2010 | Originally published in PresenTense

Our contemporary society has become radically disconnected from nature. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the

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