in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great
Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi
Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into
The Splendor of Creation by Ellen Bernstein
My New Life as a Jew by Robin
Jamie Korngold's book, God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering
the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure
Rabbi, will be released in April 2008.
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Jamie Korngold has always loved the outdoors. Whether it’s
hiking, running, or just sitting by a stream, she finds her
spirituality and Judaism thrive most in the wilderness, the
place where her ancestors first met with God. In 2001, Korngold
created the Adventure Rabbi program to help other Jews learn
how time spent outdoors can help them rediscover their faith
and reconnect with Judaism. Today, hundreds of people flock
to her adventure trips, participating in activities like Shabbat
skiing and Rosh Hashanah hiking.
In GOD IN THE WILDERNESS,
Korngold uncovers the rich traditions and lessons God taught
our ancestors in the wilderness. In chapters with such titles
as “Cultivate the Patience to See Burning Bushes”
and “Take the First Step, the Sea May Part,” Korngold
guides readers through the Bible to show that, despite the
hectic pace of life today, it is vital for us to reclaim its
lessons and awaken our inner spirituality. Small enough to
fit in a backpack, GOD IN THE WILDERNESS is the perfect companion
for anyone seeking the path to spiritual fulfillment.
KORNGOLD is a Reform Jewish rabbi. She started the Adventure
Rabbi program in 2001 and has become nationally known for
her pioneering work integrating spirituality and the outdoors.
She was ordained at Hebrew Union College. She lives in Boulder,
Colorado, with her husband and daughter.
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Rabbi Mike Comins is a close friend
of Rabbi Korngold's. His book is smart, accessible, and teaches
us how to develop a genuine outdoor Jewish practice. Don't
miss this book!
A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into the
Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism
Rabbi Mike Comins. Jewish Lights, $16.99 paper (176p) ISBN
"Far from humans, in God's handiwork,
my heart sheds its burdens and my prayers flow," writes
Comins in this lyrical but practical primer to fusing Torah
An ordained rabbi, Comins felt suffocated
by books and buildings until he returned to the source of
his first spiritual feelings: the wilderness. Ironically,
he writes, "I felt compelled to rebel against the very
tradition that planted the thirst for God within me."
To overcome the stereotype that "Jews
just don't do that outdoor stuff," Comins offers insights
from Jewish philosophers and spiritual practices that include
meditations, mindfulness, journal-writing, reciting and writing
psalms and blessings, and much more.
As the subtitle indicates, Comins asserts
that the relationship between Torah and nature is a two-way
trail: wilderness is the best place to work out a personal,
unscripted, fresh relationship with divinity, and Judaism
offers a vocabulary and practice to translate the experience
of wilderness into a life of purpose and meaning.
For those who love nature and know little
about Judaism, and those who love Judaism but know little
about wilderness, Comins's message is clear: one need not
choose between the two to find potential, promise and fulfillment.
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Rabbi Shefa Gold, author,
Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land writes:
"A soulful manual.... Connects us back to our roots in
the wilderness where we can be nourished and tested; where
we can encounter God's mystery directly."
It Now: A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness
Ways into Judaism
Bernstein is the creator of the Jewish Environmental world
as we know it today. Don't miss her new book, filled with
thought provoking insights and inspirational imagery.
Read what others have said about The Splendor
"It is writers like Ellen Bernstein who
make it possible to find answers in the Bible to questions
no previous generation has had to ask. A book rich in valuable
- Rabbi Harold Kushner, Author,
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"Ellen Bernstein's THE SPLENDOR OF CREATION
is a book of remarkable insight based on her life-long commitment
to the environment. Her skillful and poetic reading of Genesis
through the lens of the elements makes for engaging reading.
Moreover, she ignites what is sorely needed at present, namely
a creative reciprocity with the Earth and its gifts. We are
all in her debt."
Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker,
Harvard Forum on Religion and Ecology
"Our thanks to Ellen Bernstein, birth-mother
of the Jewish environmental movement, for this very personal
book. Bernstein seamlessly weaves together Genesis and contemporary
environmental awareness, forming a union in which each of
these turns out to be the deeper meaning of the other. A very
honest, down-to-earth, and sometimes profound reflection."
Rabbi Arthur Green, Dean, The Rabbinical School
at Hebrew College
Author, A Guide to the Zohar, Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
"In a time when drawn and disputed borders
-- political, religious, racial, and social -- are wreaking
havoc across the planet it is vital that people return to
their shared reality: the earth and the essential wisdom of
creation. Ellen Bernstein's new book gives voice to that wisdom
through her elegant reading of Genesis. This book belongs
in the hands of clergy, spiritual seekers and all those who
care about the earth. It can speak to all people of the one
tale that we all share. It can take environmentalism out of
the cloister of the environmentalists and into the hearts
of ordinary people."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Author, The Wisdom of the Jewish Sages, The Way of Solomon,
"This book bears the mark of a life work-careful
thought, spiritual insights, deep reflection on the meaning
of a biblical text. It is a genre of writing very difficult
to do well, combining scholarship with poetry and autobiography.
In love with the language of the Bible, Ellen Bernstein has
been thinking and speaking and teaching for most of her adult
life seeking to inspire Jews to respect the earth and to live
in harmony with it. For decades, she has been on a journey
to write this important book that readers will want to share
with others because she has dared to trust them with the intimacy
of her heart."
Eli N. Evans
Author, The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the
"This book is a remarkable achievement.
Through a close reading of the most influential words ever
written, Ellen Bernstein offers a spiritual language that
can help us find a way back to a rich and meaningful relationship
with the earth."
Adam Werbach, Former President, Sierra Club
Executive Director, Common Assets Defense Fund
Author, Act Now, Apologize Later
"As someone with no religious affiliation,
I found Ellen Bernstein's brilliant and inspired interpretation
of Genesis riveting. I never realized that the Bible could
offer insight to me as an environmentalist, but THE SPLENDOR
OF CREATION convinces me that a reverence for nature is rooted
in the Bible."
Peter Barnes, Co-founder, Working Assets
Author, Who Owns the Sky?
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My New Life as a Jew
An irreverent, funny, poignant account of a mid-life spiritual
Raised a born-again agnostic, Robin Chotzinoff
had no interest in religion—and practically no experience
in it— until she turned forty. When she suddenly discovered
a belief in God, she had no idea what to do next.
In Holy Unexpected she describes her journey from a privileged
New York childhood through years of unhappiness, drugs, and
drift. She investigates what she believed in before she believed
in God (the healing power of junk food, music, psychopharmacology),
and how a happy marriage impelled her toward a higher power.
When she discovers that Judaism embraces arguing with God,
hot sex, and acts as opposed to beliefs, she embarks on a
journey to reconstruct her Jewish heritage and forge a relationship
with her faith.
Robin wrestles with the meaning of Torah,
discovers how to keep the Sabbath and still go to Walmart
for duct tape, and learns to pray while snowboarding from
the Adventure Rabi, Rabbi Jamie Korngold. But her real education
in the meaning of Judaism occurs as she rides the ups and
downs of day-to-day life, and prepares both for her bat mitzvah
and for her father's death.
Writing with enormous humor and intimacy,
Chotzinoff takes readers on an unexpected religious journey
lit by humor and grace.
Robin Chotzinoff is the author of People With
Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening, and People Who Sweat.
An award-winning columnist and writer at Denver's alternative
weekly Westword and at The Denver Post, her writing has also
appeared in Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Food and
Wine, and Garden Design, among other publications. She has
recently moved to Austin, Texas.