By Jacob Chatinover “Forgetfulness leads to exile, in Memory is the secret to redemption.” –Baal Shem Tov As field staff, I have often talked about the ways communal memory in Judaism impacts the stories we tell ourselves and the scope of what we see as possible for our futures. This Shabbat is called Shabbat Zachor, Continue Reading »
By Eliana Willis With snow on the ground and students and staff bundled up in warm clothing, it is hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner. But all around us, the trees are quietly awakening from the long sleep of winter, as sap resumes flowing and the trees prepare to bud. It Continue Reading »
By Zack Slavkin, Lead Guide The days continue to lose light earlier and earlier as we head in to our Rocky Mountain winter. In this time, it is important to find the small things in the day to be thankful for. When the temperature dips in to single digits, it’s easy to appreciate the warmth Continue Reading »
Nick Magel-Haberek, MS, MSW, LCSW Primary Clinician at BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Adventure therapy is something that I feel quite passionate about. For me, it’s not enough to do it all day at BaMidbar. I’m also going home and writing about it, refining my work, and helping others fine-tune theirs. Adventure therapy is a big part Continue Reading »
This week, BaMidbar staff and students embarked on a journey, as year-round programming launched on Thursday, October 18th. This week’s parsha, or Torah portion, also begins with a journey. At God’s command, Abraham sets forth from the land of his father and all that he knows, to journey towards an unknown destination, “a land that Continue Reading »
Contributed By: Paulina Siegel, MSW, LCSW, CAC II The term “Millennials” has come to mean more than just the first generation to come of age in the new millennium; it has come to represent a stereotype, one that, far from innocuous, can be detrimental to the long-term success and happiness of young adults. Technically speaking, Continue Reading »
By Gabi Wasserman We are currently on the threshold of celebrating Sukkot, the only pilgrimage festival referred to as Zman Simchateinu, “the time of our rejoicing.” During Sukkot we partake in the mitzvah of leaving our permanent homes of comfort and establishing a temporary residence that is exposed to the outside elements. The BaMidbar student Continue Reading »
By Rabbi Anat Moskowitz Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught: As often as you can, take a trip out to the fields to pray. All the grasses will join you. They will enter your prayers and give you strength to sing praises to G-d… (The Empty Chair, pg 86) As Rebbe Nachman notes, the prayers of Continue Reading »
By Dave Yedid Rabbinical student at JTS, Rabbinic Intern for BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, Wexner Fellow and current Rosh Edah at Ramah in the Rockies Now that summer is here, I feel both inspired and exhausted as I reflect on my first year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. These past nine months have Continue Reading »
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Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy is a program of Ramah in the Rockies.