‘Some bearded person sitting on a throne in the sky is a kindergarten God’: Rabbi Zelig Golden explains earth-based Judaism

A Wilderness Torah event. (Photo courtesy of Rabbi Zelig Golden)

Rabbi Zelig Golden likes to describe Judaism as a religion of deep roots, interconnectivity, compassion and feminine divinity, reminding the world that Adam came from the adamah. It’s this philosophy that inspired Wilderness Torah, an organization based in California that promotes “healing, belonging and resilience,” in an attempt to reshape how Jews feel about their culture—and the planet.

But this is not eco-Judaism, or pantheism, or humanism. To better understand the philosophy, Rabbi Golden sits down with Ralph Benmergui for a deep conversation about earthly exile, Mother Nature and the panentheism inherent to his worldview.


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