Walk, Walk to Yourself

“The Eternal said to Avram, “Leave your land, that which birthed you, and your paternal home and go to the land that I will show you.”” (Genesis 12:1) Lekh-Lekha is one of my favorite portions in the annual Torah cycle. The word lekh means to “go” or “walk.” Lekh-Lekha essentially means “walk to yourself” or “go to yourself.” The […]

Rainbows

“When I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant between Me and you and every living creature…” (Genesis 9:14-15) Over the course of the my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I was witness to over a dozen rainbows. Even though rainbows are simply a refraction and dispersion of […]

Tohu vaVohu

This week’s Torah portion starts off with a most awe-inspiring statement: “In the beginning, when The Eternal began the heavens and the earth, the earth was unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep…” (Genesis 1:1-2). Translating Hebrew into English can sometimes lead to an unsatisfactory rendering of the original text. This is […]

The Hundred Mile Wilderness

CAUTION! IT IS 100 MILES SOUTH TO THE NEAREST TOWN AT MONSON. THERE ARE NO PLACES TO OBTAIN SUPPLIES OR HELP UNTIL MONSON. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS SECTION UNLESS YOU HAVE A MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS SUPPLIES AND ARE FULLY EQUIPPED. THIS IS THE LONGEST WILDERNESS SECTION OF THE ENTIRE AT AND ITS DIFFICULTY SHOULD […]

KATAHDIN

CuppaTea met us at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy HQ and off we went. CuppaTea is really sweet and I am so glad to have met her. We stopped in my home town of North Billerica, Massachusetts on the way to Maine, staying at the home of some dear friends.We stayed for two days and got […]