TorahTrek eJournal
Current 2015

Welcome to the TorahTrek eJournal! Here you will find videos, interviews, articles, photos, and educational materials on the interconnections between Judaism, wilderness, spiritual practice and sustainability. Our goal is to support the spiritual/ethical lives of individuals, enliven and strengthen the Jewish community, and promote a sustainable society living in balance with the earth. Please share these resources with your friends!

Walk in peace,
TorahTrek Founder Rabbi Mike Comins

Current Posts

  • Desert Torah

    Elijah and the Still, Small Voice

    Does it make a difference to read Torah in the place where the events occurred?

  • Interview

    A Conversation with Mark Coleman

    Rabbi Mike Comins interviews Mark Coleman, leader of Buddhism-inspired, meditation in nature retreats.

  • TorahTrek Guides

    Who is This Aliveness I Am?

    Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde, explores the parallel practice of chi/chiut as a means of connecting to the vital energy of the Divine.

  • Practice Video

    Write a Letter to God

    Wilderness is a great place to activate the senses and write a letter to God.

  • Educator's Corner

    Meet-A-Tree

    A Ready-Made lesson that builds community and fosters a love of nature. Ages 7 and up.

  • Sustainability Now

    Climate Change & Eco-Justice

    Rabbi Lawrence Troster speaks about climate change as a moral challenge.

  • The Spiritual Wilderness

    A Temple Lighted from Above

    John Muir famously used religious language to describe his favorite cathedral, Yosemite Valley.

  • Wild Judaism

    Wonder and Awe

    In his magnum opus, Abraham Joshua Heschel writes about most of the major issues in Jewish theology, but he begins with wonder and awe.

Desert Torah

Elijah and the Still, Small Voice

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.”


Interview

A Conversation with Mark Coleman

Rabbi Mike Comins interviews Mark Coleman, leader of Buddhism-inspired, meditation in nature retreats, on why nature helps to cultivate mindfulness, love of the earth and a healthy, sustainable environmentalism.


Wild Judaism

Wonder and Awe

In his magnum opus, God in Search of Man, Abraham Joshua Heschel writes about most of the major issues in Jewish theology, but he begins with wonder and awe.


Spiritual Wilderness

A Temple Lighted from Above

John Muir famously used religious language to describe his favorite cathedral, Yosemite Valley.


Practice Video

Write a Letter to God

Rabbi Mike Comins shares the practice of writing a letter to God.

Sustainability Now

Climate Change & Eco-Justice

Rabbi Lawrence Troster, one of the leading thinkers on Judaism and the environment, speaks about climate change as a moral challenge and explores the Jewish duty to work for eco-justice.

Educator's Corner

Meet-A-Tree

TorahTrek Guide Josh Lake shares "Meet-A-Tree," a game that builds community and fosters a love of nature, while introducing the tree as a symbol of Jewish law, tradition and thought.

TorahTrek Guides

Who is This Aliveness I Am?

Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde explores the parallel practice of chi/chiut as a means of connecting to the vital energy of the Divine.