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3.5.15 … It was a dark and stormy night … “we access God through awe, by going to natural places, like the high peaks, which take us beyond the confines of words to that purely emotional and spiritual place that allows us to feel connected to something larger than ourselves.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 14/40, Myers Park Baptist Church- Charlotte NC:
It was a dark and stormy night …
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Charlotte actually missed the current storm.  But I say Bless Your Heart to my family and friends in Nashville and Lexington and Louisville … you have been slammed. There was an interesting NPR story on Nashville. Just so you know, Nashville only has 28 salt trucks. I wonder how many Charlotte has?
Back to the dark and stormy night … It was so dark tonight that I had to use my iPhone flashlight.  It’s good I know the path. However, there’s a good bit of debris on the path.
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And it was also a wee bit cold and very damp. OK, it wasn’t that cold, but the wind and dampness made the cold biting.
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I’m reading God in the Wilderness by Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold.  I’m just starting it, but already am loving it …
“we access God through awe, by going to natural places, like the high peaks, which take us beyond the confines of words to that purely emotional and spiritual place that allows us to feel connected to something larger than ourselves.”
And of course she tells the story of Jaccob/Israel wrestling with the stranger by the river Yabok … my favorite OT story.
Here is the WSJ’s take …

An avid skier, Rabbi Korngold, who is 39, started off as a mountain guide and worked for Outward Bound. After meeting many young Jews who passed up temple for skiing, she wanted a ministry that used the wilderness. Participants paid $125, plus board, to join her on a two-day retreat. “I take the experience outdoors and show it through a Jewish lens,” she says.

Rabbi Korngold insists she isn’t watering down Judaism or stripping it of its deepest meanings. “Our religion was created in the wilderness. God gave us the Torah on the mountain,” she says. “Unless Judaism is willing to meet them out there, they are not coming home to Judaism.” It worked for Noah Finkelstein, a 37-year-old physics professor who visited several temples and said traditional synagogues made him feel he had to fit into someone else’s religion.

The leaders of such events know their work can be seen as flaky and faddish. But they often attract divided Jewish families, in which spouses can’t agree on which kind of synagogue to join, and families who have rejected the religion but want kin.

via Adventure Rabbi — In the News: The Wall Street Journal Features Rabbi Jamie Korngold for Alernative Rosh Hashanah Services & Retreats.

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