139 episodes

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/

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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

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 February 13, 2021

    Saturday Service February 13, 2021

    08:00​-0:8:10​ Reports from the committee dedicated to watching the mud settle.

    08:10​-08:20​ Edutitarg, Backward ways of doing gratitude.

    08:20​-08:30​ "No one heals themselves by hurting another." - St. Ambrose

    08:30​-08:40​ Treat yourself as kindly as you would treat an 11-year-old

    08:40​-08:50​ Review

    08:50​-09:00​ Transition to donut hour

    • 58 min
    Saturday Service February 6, 2021

    Saturday Service February 6, 2021

    The Saturday Service --

    8:09​-8:22​ shake the mud

    8:23​ review of spital life

    8:28​ wave to face book

    8:29​ so many ads—graitude

    8:45​~5 advantages of being sense

    Yelling + tutoring.

    Shapeable as a block of wood.

    Receptive as a valley.

    Clear as a glass of water.

    Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles?

    Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?

    The master does not seek fulfillment.

    Not seeking, not expecting, but present and welcoming the outcome of all things.



    Gratitude = Thankfulness — Complaints

    Why do people shout?

    To make up for the distance of their hearts.

    Edutitrag —

    • 1 hr
    Saturday Service January 30, 2021

    Saturday Service January 30, 2021

    Saturday service with rB and Toni Anne! Try a little Tenderness. - Otis Redding

    Quote: True friends celebrate your successes.

    00:00​ - 05:49​ - Greetings and rB story about magic camp. Introducing Toni Anne to do a part of the service today and then work her way up to a full service (does that sound right?).

    05:50​ - 20:00​ - God created the world in 6 days and took a day off (in the Bible). How do we define ‘rest’? A break from have to dos? 25 hrs for self and God? Do fun. Do what we want. Do something with meaning. Disconnect in order to connect. “I use the sabbath as a day to actively rest from listening to my own ego.”

    39 types of work (from The Torah): https://www.thetorah.com/article/four...​

    Take a break from (this) to do (that).

    20:01​ - 32:14​ - deliberate frustration moment! (Like the circles we were trying to do the Saturday before). Make 9 dots in a square format (Tic tac toe). In a unilinear way (but no curves to the line), can you connect all 9 dots in 5 pen strokes (or less)? 4 lines? - have to go outside the box (one spot beyond) to perform this task. Foundation of ROTB.

    ROTB: What do we do when things frustrate us? Either stay frustrated or learn something about myself from the situation?

    Krishnamurti quotes: “Truth is a pathless land.” “Do you want to know my secret? I don’t mind what happens.” -

    Choose how frustrated we get when things don’t go our way.

    Krishnamurti Podcast https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/the-gu...​

    32:15​ - 43:13​ - Talking about frustration via learning. What is something we can’t do well following a 1-5 path.

    1 - Beginner

    2 - Told step by step how to do it

    3 - Perform task via hints by outside influences

    4 - Hint yourself

    5 - Don’t have to think about it

    Frustration: most people are probably at #2. Active learners will try to follow the progression to 3, 4, 5. However, whenever you’re stressed, you may fall back a level. BE KIND TO YO’SELF! Practice practice practice (and then maybe you can make it to Carnegie Hall (my sad joke du jour)).

    What is the right balm or salve for frustration? What soothes you when you get frustrated? Self care? Breathing? Distraction?


    When we let go, we feel better.

    What if one day a week, we let go of a little bit more until we can let go well (5)?

    43:14​ - 51:10​ - Testimonials: Has anyone witnessed some loving kindness? Take out your phone and send a message to someone you don’t talk to a lot to say you miss them and you are thinking about them.

    Send your physical address to Alex via DM and she’ll get rB to send you a Loving Kindness sticker.

    51:11​ - 54:33​ - Quotheth rB: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” - Thomas Paine. No need to be mean or talk shit about them.

    54:34​ - 56:00​ - Take home? Be kinder to others as well as yourself.

    56:01​ - 59:15​ - Announcements





    Meditation is Magic





    James’ address: James Wilson #AU​-5200

    High Desert State Prison / A3-243

    PO Box 3030

    Susanville CA 96127

    Notecards from James and others who are incarcerated - 5 free with any purchase


    Tuesday group — same link, in three hours, but Monday.

    Contact Alex for information about all other days.


    • 59 min
    Saturday Service January 23, 2021

    Saturday Service January 23, 2021

    00:00 - 00:40 - Welcome

    00:41 - 08:11 - Dogen Quote and interpretation: “If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”

    Kind of why this service doesn’t have a strict liturgy (not one particular path), the truth is right in front of us, just takes some adjustment of vision. Rabbi doesn’t have all the answers, just the quotes. We have all the answers for just us. If truth shackles in limits, be suspicious.

    08:12 - 34:25 - Gratitude exercise and interpretation: think of something for which they are grateful. BIG then small then BIG then small, etc etc. Brené Brown: “Fitting in is about assessing the situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”

    Belonging: requires us to BE who we are - can you do belonging without fitting in?

    Discussion about Fitting in vs. Belonging.

    Do we want more belonging - a basic human need - or do we settle for fitting in when we don’t belong? As long as you have your essence - your authentic self, do you have to really fit in?

    eg: Family or community: do we just fit in or do we belong? Do we fit in when we have to and learn to fit in temporarily?

    Fitting in: like in elementary school, evolves into learning how to belong after finding your own tribe.

    Questions are greater than answers. As long as you can stay in the question (belonging), the rules may not have to apply to fit in.

    The first step in love is to recognize the other or be called on.

    There is a lot more fitting in to find your place to belong than the other way around.

    Creating space in where others feel like they belong too is part of belonging. “Island of misfit toys”

    34:26 - 44:59 - Exercise: In order to belong, we have to be vulnerable, to just be ourselves. What happens when you can’t do what you want to do. Eg: start with one hand 12’ in front of your nose, other one further away, try to have your hands go in opposites. Practice!

    Shantideva: there is nothing that does not grow lighter through having familiarity.

    If you want to fit in, if you want to belong, it doesn’t come easily (eg: driving), but we have to learn it.

    Do we want a sense of belonging so badly to accept we cannot do it automatically but to practice? If you are frustrated, don’t try to fit in and not be frustrated. Allow yourself to be frustrated, and just be.


    eg: Sheryl Crow: Leaving Las Vegas lyrics

    45:00 - 52:35 - Announcements and promo for James’s book Write our Wrongs.


    Write Our Wrongs


    James’ address:

    James Wilson #AU-5200

    High Desert State Prison / A3-243

    PO Box 3030

    Susanville CA 96127

    Rev Toni Ann week next week - rB’s off week. She also does one on one spiritual counselling.






    Write Our Wrongs





    Tuesday group — same link, in three hours, but Monday.

    Contact Alex for information about all other days.

    Virtual Donut Holes

    After the service

    New comers welcome


    Every weekday 2pm PST




    • 57 min
    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





    Tuesday group — same link, in three hours

    Virtual Donut Holes

    after the service

    Newcomers welcome


    Every weekday 2pm PST




    • 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


    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).

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Daniel Aleph ,

A Rabbi for All

Rabbi Brian is a Rabbi to all, It does not matter if you are Jewish or not. The love and truth that he speaks and teaches is universal and crosses ideological and cultural lines. Rabbi Brian is a true Mensch.

DelapierceD ,

Thoughtful, Heartful, Fun, Nourishing

Rabbi Brian has been my rabbi for over ten years now. I have been listening to this podcast for much of that time (it used to be under the name Wisdom Biscuits).

He pulls from any and all religious/spiritual sources, and offers anecdotes and exercises that are deceptively simple. Even the most fundamentalist and most atheist folk would find value in his teachings.

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

Listeners Also Subscribed To