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Rabbi Brian has been on a mission to nourish spiritual hunger. These are his podcasts. They are marked "EXPLICIT" because, well, (1) I don't think that there are "bad" words and (2) the word explicit means "stated clearly" and I've done my best to do that.



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Rabbi Brian and Religion Outside The Box Rabbi Brian and Religion Outside The Box

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Rabbi Brian has been on a mission to nourish spiritual hunger. These are his podcasts. They are marked "EXPLICIT" because, well, (1) I don't think that there are "bad" words and (2) the word explicit means "stated clearly" and I've done my best to do that.



You can find more here: https://rotb.org/audio/

    Saturday Service January 16, 2021

    Saturday Service January 16, 2021

    00:00 - 04:24 - Welcome and acknowledgements for helpers. Remember we have Live Transcripts!!



    04:25 - 09:13 - fish quote (Hafiz) from a few weeks ago. Continuing with the fish quote and expanding on it. Quoting a lab experiment where scientists bred a fish to not school. Why would they do that? So, the takeaway is…Be the fish that doesn’t school -- DO YOUR OWN THANG! (For this week)



    09:14 - 11:04 - tissue analogy. Yuk. “Not today, thank you” Anytime some tries to give you something you don’t want, you have the POWER to say “No, thank you”. Goes back to the talk last week about the default setting to take abuse. But we DO have the ability to say “No, thank you”



    11:05 - 13:19 - MLK Jr quotes (acknowledging MLK Jr Day)

    “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” MLK Jr. Another quote “ Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.



    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. (1963)”



    “A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him. (1958)”



    13:20 - 28:44 - Change matrix. “Justice is what love looks like in public. Intimacy is what love looks like in private.”

    Change and live your life with love.



    28:45 - 29:35 - Betsy played part of a song called “Give yourself to Love”



    29:36 - 30:49 - Back to the change matrix. Give yourself to love. This world is not feeling very loving right now. When we talk about us vs them, we’re increasing the problem.



    30:50 - 31:09 - Announcement: Chat with Larry Podcasts #1 here! https://rotb.org/chats/



    31:10 - 46:50 - R.A.U.R.! - To love someone is to start by Recognizing them. Acceptance. Understanding. Response.

    HOMEWORK: Go out and be more loving.

    Breakout: what would be the top 2 strangest things to explain to your ancestors in the past? - posted in the chat.

    Comes back to the MLK Jr quote: Hate is too great a burden to bear…can we give up the hate? If the basis of love is to recognize people, how can we go out this stressful week and not hate?



    Audrey Lorde quote: “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”



    John Lennon quote: “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you: pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour.”



    Martha Beck quote: “The repercussions of one person living in stubborn gladness are incalculable.”



    - DON’T TAKE THE BAIT. Go back to Stubborn gladness.



    46:51 - 50:00 - Announcements: ETSY SHOP

    Reflections on Exodus

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/79094713...



    SUPPORT

    https://rotb.org/empowersupport/



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Tuesday group — same link, in three hours



    Virtual Donut Holes

    after the service

    Newcomers welcome



    MEDITATION:

    Every weekday 2pm PST

    https://www.facebook.com/rabbibrian



    YOUTUBE ARCHIVE OF THE SATURDAY SERVICE

    https://www.youtube.

    • 56 min
    Saturday Service January 9, 2021

    Saturday Service January 9, 2021

    00:00 - 01:59 - welcome and trying out a new concept - broadcasting at a friend’s house instead of home



    02:00 - 03:37 - 1/2 Exercise: breathe out via mouth (exhale). Remember to do that often … JFE (Just F***in exhale). Practice a few times.



    03:38 - 10:14 - asking people “How are you”, do you really mean it, how are you REALLY doing? How are WE doing today and do we have enough data? Polling for feeling. Knowing that there are some things that are stressing us out these days. “We are up and down”



    ”The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor: he took my measure anew every time he saw me, whilst all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.”

    ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman



    10:15 - 11:50 : can you prove to me right at this moment that you are not fully loved exactly as you are? You are loved. You cannot tell me you aren’t.



    11:51 - 13:06 - 1,2,3, EXHALE! Keep practicing this all day, please.



    13:07 - 23:59 - A story about an egg, a carrot and a coffee. Eggs are, by their nature delicate, compared to carrots and coffee. Carrots are hard. Coffee is bitter. If you take any one of these and add to boiling water, something changes. Egg goes from being delicate to being hard, Carrot becomes soft, coffee becomes delicious (ish).

    Water = change. We all are delicate that can become hard or soft or become delicious (ish).

    What were we when we woke up? Transformation! We will become something different.

    Our religious trip = All about the journey. What can be road blocks? Pain, mindset, stimulation, comfort, fixed mindset. We need to be of a GROWTH mindset. Very little is fixed.

    What is the biggest thing this is keeping you from changing or being loose and open to change?

    - Breakout rooms question: what is keeping me fixed/keeping me from knowing it’s all about change (growth mindset)? Creating flow and change?

    What is keeping me from change is ___.



    24:00 - 33:05 - “There’s never enough time unless you’re serving it.” Re: Too little time in breakout rooms. Announcement from James: he has a typewriter now and should move into a Level 2 security wing in 2021 (lower level of security).

    Write to James!

    James Wilson #AU-5200

    High Desert State Prison / A3-243

    PO Box 3030

    Susanville CA 96127



    33:06 - 53:59 - Discussion from Breakout groups. What is keeping us from being transformed?

    Missing out on a developmental stage

    FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out!

    Erroneous beliefs

    Transformation

    Importance of a spiritual life is to be transformed. Thomas Martin “If the you of 10 years ago doesn’t think that you of today is a heretic, the you aren’t growing spiritually.”

    Time is the only thing that makes change possible. And The only thing that keeps us FROM it. - Rob

    Life gives you two options, change towards the direction or not.

    Building on Rob’s comment: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

    I am haunted by waters.”

    ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through it and Other Stories

    I did not choose to be something, I pushed against it (like Jonah and the Big Fish). Only when Jonah is present to reality (inside the big fish), that he is able to choose. Then, once he is delivered to Nineveh, he realizes the task was easy.

    The fish knows what to do. Hafiz: “At a certain point, the fish has to say “something just ain’t right about this camel ride…”. The fish is out of his element (Oh shit, stuff is really f****d up, I should be scared).

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    Saturday Service January 2, 2021

    Saturday Service January 2, 2021

    B! (Mad World, Tears for Fears) - bit of tech problems but hey, we’re together :)

    00:00 - 01:59 - Welcome

    02:00 - 09:06 - :quote: “One must stand with one’s mouth open for a very long time before roast duck flies in. “ Anon - Chinese proverb. Bad dad jokes. Explanation of why we have the Saturday session for adults only, because we know some kids (NAMES REDACTED) are attending to see how naughty parents are :) . Language is used to emphasize points.

    09:07 - 11:01 - Did anyone take advantage of the duo to check in with each other before Xmas? Are you still?

    11:02 - 28:59 - Quoteth rB:

    “We are more defensive instead of being more proactive”

    What are our default settings? Eg: to feel alone.

    If we got off our default settings, how long would it take to realize that we are not alone? Like showing up for Saturday service, for example.

    Or default settings could be avoiding responsibility.

    Or judgement over understanding?

    Default setting: everything should come to me (a la quote of duck flying in mouth)? Perchance? Better self is to do another thing?

    5 different qualities of a spiritual life review:



    1. Questions are more important than answers

    2. Some connection to the infinite

    3. Allow yourself to be changed

    4. It’s not all about me.

    5. Hierarchy of values



    29:00 - 32:34 - Prayers for those who need them.

    32:35 - 43:25 - Breakout rooms for discuss…this is my default setting and I’d like to have another one. Then discussion afterwards.

    43:26 - 48:34 - Announcements:

    THREE WAYS TO BE OF SUPPORT:



    1. Tell your friends about the service. Forward your friends the newsletter

    2. Make a donation to partner with rB on creating ROTB magic

    3. Buy something at the ROTB ETSY store.



    ETSY SHOP + Stained Glass

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/92411936...

    SUPPORT

    https://rotb.org/empowersupport/

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    https://rotb.org/hebrew/

    7-sessions to learning Hebrew

    Virtual Donut Holes

    after the service

    MEDITATION:

    Every weekday 2pm PST

    https://www.facebook.com/rabbibrian

    YOUTUBE ARCHIVE OF THE SATURDAY SERVICE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v22m...

    Reminder to write to James. For those that want to write to our friend James…

    James Wilson #AU-5200

    High Desert State Prison / A3-243

    PO Box 3030

    Susanville CA 96127

    48:35 - 50:41 - Homework - How can we live through all of this with love?



    1. Stay present

    2. Kind

    3. Be Patient

    4. Get Vulnerable (Get, as in not the default to HAVE, active verb)

    5. Not judge



    50:42 - 56:40 - Blaise Pascal: Either you believe in something or not…4 options…

    UGH: “Either Christianity is true or it's false. If you bet that it's true, and you believe in God and submit to Him, then if it IS true, you've gained God, heaven, and everything else. If it's false, you've lost nothing, but you've had a good life marked by peace and the illusion that ultimately, everything makes sense. If you bet that Christianity is not true, and it's false, you've lost nothing. But if you bet that it's false, and it turns out to be true, you've lost everything and you get to spend eternity in hell.”

    eg: Santa. If you believe in Santa, Xmas is awesome. If you believe in Santa and he doesn’t exist, you get coal. If you don’t believe in Santa and he exists,

    Is Isn’t

    Believe + +

    Don’t - 0

    56:41 - 58:30 - What are you taking away from today’s session? To get through all this with love. We are not alone. If all else fails, REBOOT! Re: Diversity, have you attended an online service with another religion lately?

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    Christmas Magic 2020

    Christmas Magic 2020

    This Rabbi believes in Christmas magic. Here's why.

    • 8 min
    Saturday Service December 26, 2020

    Saturday Service December 26, 2020

    Toni Anne! (Bourée, Jethro Tull)

    00:00 - 13:04 - Thanks to contributors and note the Transcriptions for Closed Caption at the bottom of the screen. Happy holidays! Last Saturday service for 2020 in the year of disconnection. Toni Anne commented on the fact that she doesn’t know people on the chat very well so she wanted to start an exercise to turn cameras off (on Zoom) and ask a few questions, which, if they apply to you, turn your camera back on then turn it back off.

    Are you retired?

    Full time student?

    Work in Finance or banking?

    Healing trade?

    Military?

    Teacher or instructor?

    13:05 - 23:01 - Take a mental note of how diverse this group is, and take note of the fact that we all show up for each other. Minute to highlight the year. Link in chat, open in Incognito mode, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J... . Or stick it in chat if you don’t want to answer anonymously.

    What do you want to cultivate in/around yourself the coming year?

    Name one area of your spiritual life that has been helped by RoTB programming? (A habit, relationship, perspective, etc.

    What topics, exercises, questions, _, would you like to explore at the Saturday Service?

    23:02 - 26:24 - Announcements.

    THREE WAYS TO BE OF SUPPORT:



    1. Tell your friends about the service. Forward your friends the newsletter

    2. Make a donation to partner with rB on creating ROTB magic

    3. By something at the ROTB ETSY store. (The stained glass nightlights are new.)



    ETSY SHOP + Stained Glass

    SUPPORT https://rotb.org/empowersupport/

    ETSY ITEM OF THE WEEK https://rotb.org/hebrew/

    7-sessions to learning Hebrew

    MEDITATION: https://www.facebook.com/rabbibrian

    YOUTUBE ARCHIVE OF THE SATURDAY SERVICE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v22m...

    TUESDAY GROUP (different Zoom line) Alex will send out a PM to people who want it.

    26:25 - 1:04:00 - What can we envision collectively in the New Year. Discussion. (In transcript. Yes, I’m that lazy today, sorry :) .). Talking about what brings up here and what makes us a great collective. What kinds of spectrums are we coming from?

    1:04:01 - 1:07:00 - Thanks and farewells.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Saturday Service December 19, 2020

    Saturday Service December 19, 2020

    Rabbi Brian! (Fanfare for the common man)

    00:00 - 01:59 : Welcome and question: What is keeping you from being content?





    02:00 - 04:00: Announcements and welcome back, Emily! Remember to use the Closed Captioning.





    04:01 - 05:00: Deep quote and 2 comics.





    05:01 - 05:41 : Rumi quote (as per email before the service): There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there's nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life. It's as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human being come to this world to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you don't do it, it's as though a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat. It's a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots. It's like a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang things on. You say, "But look, I'm using the dagger. It's not lying idle." Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? For a penny an iron nail could be bought to serve for that. You say, "But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy and medicine and the rest." But consider why you do those things. They are all branches of yourself. Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your lord. Give yourself to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don't, you will be like the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You'll be wasting valuable keenness and forgetting your dignity and purpose.” ― Rumi, The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes...





    05:42 - 15:59 : Interpretation from rB: what is that one thing? Sounds like Jack Palance from City Slickers (One thing you need to do in life...which he never says). Comments and discussion. Betsy had a poem that was similar: Betsy’s poem: https://wordsfortheyear.com/2017/10/1...

    Go to 1st person singular statements: What does this mean to you? What is the one thing you keep forgetting to do that you have to do in life? Being present in the moment for the person/people you are with? Present with presence. - Carol Ann. Be present to reality in front of you.





    16:00 - 18:45 - Announcements and thanks for being here. ETSY SHOP + Stained Glass https://www.etsy.com/shop/RabbiBrian

    JAMES'S BIRTHDAY - SEND CARDS

    James Wilson #AU-5200

    High Desert State Prison / A3-243 PO Box 3030

    Susanville CA 96127





    SUPPORT https://rotb.org/empowersupport/

    ETSY ITEM OF THE WEEK https://rotb.org/hebrew/

    MEDITATION: https://www.facebook.com/rabbibrian

    YOUTUBE ARCHIVE OF THE SATURDAY SERVICE https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=9v22m7DBCMw&list=PLCzoab1Iky9zbxMTLtNImmTIeyOlRW9rn





    18:46 - 31:00 : Breakouts rooms of 2 people: Exchange info with each otters (5 mins) . Question: randomly assigned accountability-buddy. Between now and next week. Check in with your buddy to see how they are doing. They will be checking in with you too. Medium doesn’t matter, it’s about being kind to each other. A small thing but it can be really big. “Random angels”





    31:01 - 34:24 : rB: recording phone calls with him and Larry. Larry said it was ok to share with anyone who would like to listen. rB contacts a podcast producer to see if they could do something with it. Podcast coming soon :) .





    34:25 - 37:20: James’ birthday! Please send cards (no glitter or glue), no padded envelopes,

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