Authentic, Compassionate Judaism for the Thinking Person
By Rabbi Nadav Caine
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In addition to explicating individual chapters of the Torah using traditional sources to apply directly to our daily lives, Rabbi Caine or "Rav Nadav" (as he is affectionately known) teaches on topics such as The Soul, Mysticism, Theology, Ethics, Comparative Religion, Science & Religion, and Psychology of Religion. Rav Nadav studied religion and philosophy at Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford Universities. An award winning teacher and Conservative rabbi, he now serves as a congregational rabbi in San Diego.
||CleanQ&A: Why is the Translation of “In the Beginning” Wrong? The First Word of the Bible||A question to the Rabbi: What is the literal translation of the first three words of the Hebrew Bible? Why so some translations say, "in ...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Doesn’t God Build Up Moses’ Self-Esteem? A Discussion about God and about Parenting||As some of my recent podcasts have been lectures, I decided to mix it up by sharing a Torah discussion in which I raise a ...||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Judaism, What is its Influence on Current World Affairs, and Why is Fundamentalism a Very Modern Movement?||This is my lecture to the World Affairs Club where they assigned me to present on the Influence of the Abrahamic Religion of Judaism on World ...||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbrahamic Faith: Living in the Present and Future Moment Concurrently, and Having Nothing to Do with How We “All” Share the Father||"And because (Abraham) had a faithfulness in God, He reckoned it to him as righteousness." Few lines in Torah have done more theological mischief than ...||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen You Have Forgotten Our Story, Your Only Ethic is Survival: The Rise of White Supremacy and the Importance of History||My thesis is: When you forget our collective history, and its true part of God's unfolding in this world, you're only left with an ethic ...||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKabbalah, the Amidah prayer, and the Spiritual Progression of Shabbat||If you can, download the KABBALAH AMIDAH PDF and refer to it. It's a three part folio I created that uses color to track ...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Pre-Talmudic Temple Spirituality of Conditional and Unconditional Vows||Aren't New Year's Resolutions some kind of recent thing? Well, actually, resolution vows are a central part of the Temple offerings, and are expected to ...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOwning Your Voice (Part 1) - Moses to God||Chapter 6 of Exodus concludes a long process of distraction by Moses from the revelation and mission given him by God in chapter 3. It ...||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOwning Your Voice (Part 2) - Moses to Pharaoh||With the long process of avoiding his speaking role by Moses now concluded, God tells Moses that when he speaks, he will be "God" to ...||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Leviticus’s Skin Fascination about Judgmental Exclusion or Universal Healthcare?||Like other Torah topics including sacrifice, slavery, and creation, Leviticus's preoccupation with skin disorders offends many, prompting outrage and elaborate comparisons to historical examples of ...||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPassover Part 2: Your Story Leads You To Your Purpose (David Brooks on Exodus)||Using David Brooks' essay on the importance of the Exodus story to the moral clarity of America's purpose, I address what the seder is really ...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPassover Part 1: It’s Not About Freedom, but What You Do With Your Freedom||In this sermon, I analyze the opening of the seder (and conclude with a short tribute to a close friend, Holocaust survivor and Woman of ...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Nexus of Being and Nothingness as the “Solid” Ground of God’s Presence||The first, basic step of Kabbalistic enlightenment --the one Moshe took approaching the Burning Bush-- is that the meaning of God's name reveals God's true essence: ...||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Daddy, Who Are Our Ancestors?” - Connecting to Them through the Seven Species on Tu B’Shvat||At bedtime recently, my six year old daughter asked me, "Daddy, who are our ancestors?" It was not one of those profound-sounding questions that really ...||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Women March as the New King is Inaugurated: What We Can Learn from Rashi||While we can always make mistakes reading into the Torah something in the current news, and vice versa, we also cannot shy away from the ...||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting The Second Enslavement: Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel||We think of the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt as "the enslavement," but didn't the Egyptians own slaves prior to that (albeit of a ...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 3rd Archetypal Step: Moses and the Women of the Well||After killing the Egyptian, witnessing Hebrew on Hebrew injustice, and fleeing Egypt for an under-the-radar life of a shepherd-for-hire, Moses confronts the third of his ...||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGift Giving and the Mandate of Reciprocity: Abraham and Marcel Mauss||(Something to think about before Hanukkah's gift exchange...] I read Abraham's penchant for gift giving and hospitality --and his contrasting refusal to accept a discount ...||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTechnology Standing in the Way of Mindful Presence||[Posted in honor of Thanksgiving] We all say we should value gratitude more and express it, but does saying words of gratitude really mean you're ...||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWater and Women: The Torah’s Intentional Mysteries of Moses’ Origin||Our Torah Class on Exodus chapter 2. Why so many ambiguities in Moses' origin? Who are his parents? Why he is raised by all women, ...||11/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Thank you for making me think!
Thoughtful and inspiring, sensitive and wonderfully perspective-shifting.