Frequently Asked Questions
Religious Practice, Halacha (Jewish Law), & Pluralism
Wilderness Torah may at times prioritize certain values, such as local or organic, over kosher-certified. When such a choice is warranted, we will share such decisions openly with signage and provide a kosher option. For example, we purchased local, homemade, organic bagels for Shavuot that were not kosher. We had kosher bread choices available. When we were gifted raw, local, organic honey, we served it alongside kosher honey with clear, both clearly labeled. Please ask if you want more details on how we prepare and maintain kashrut in our wilderness kitchen.
We have contemplated building a fire if it becomes very cold in order to protect the comfort and health of participants, based on the principle of pekuach nefesh (exception for saving lives). We often wonder, how did our ancestors celebrate Shabbat when they were nomadic desert people? If this interests you, please come and speak to us about your ideas!