Does it make a difference to read Torah in the place where the events occurred? So much of the formative history of the Jewish people happened in the desert, yet classical Jewish commentators and modern Bible scholars wrote in Europe or North America. A rabbi and Israeli desert guide, Mike Comins explores the famous journey of Elijah to Horeb (another name for Mt. Sinai; I Kings, ch. 19), where he hears the “still, small voice.”
If one had to choose the landscape that has most affected Judaism and the Jewish psyche, it would likely be the desert, where the Jewish people spent its formative years. Our guest contributor is former Israeli desert dweller and wilderness guide, Professor Ranen Omer-Sherman, author of Israel in Exile: Jewish Writing and the Desert.