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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Why Are The Prayers Constantly Speaking of "When we lie down and when we rise up?" - A Practical Guide

11/11/2018
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If you were a literary critic analyzing the evening prayers, you would have to note how often the trope of going to bed and waking up is repeated: Ahavat Olam before Shema, VeAhavta and VeHaya Im-Shmo'a after Shema, Hashkiveinu, and then Barukh Adonai Bayom 'VaLayla on Weekdays or the Shabbat Psalm on Friday night. Wow: for a twelve minute service, you've prayed about going to sleep and waking up five times!) What is this all about? And why is the most commonly studied volume of Talmud,...

Duration:00:17:14

The Ten Commandments as Your Path to Encounter God Directly

7/10/2018
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We all know that the Ten Commandments are important, and many of us know that there's some way they're different from other "commandments," but we rarely get to the heart of the matter. In this spontaneous presentation (and hence inferior audio quality), I try to convey exactly what this difference is, and why the Ten Commandments are truly a unique spiritual path of immediate connection to God's presence. In addition to using real-world examples from my own life, I also explain the...

Duration:00:55:38

Q&A: Why is the Translation of "In the Beginning" Wrong? The First Word of the Bible

2/26/2018
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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 the beginning, God created..." and some say "In the beginning of God's creating..." and what's the difference? A short piece of Torah study...

Duration:00:18:50

Why Doesn't God Build Up Moses' Self-Esteem? A Discussion about God and about Parenting

1/10/2018
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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 simple question asked by Mechon Hadar's Dena Weiss: At the Burning Bush, when Moses is too humble or scared to accept his mission, and Moses asks God, "Who am I to go to Pharoah?" why doesn't God say, "You're the one who killed an Egyptian to save a Hebrew from being beaten! You're the one who, with no backup or support, took on a large group of male shepherds to stop...

Duration:00:18:19

What is Judaism, What is its Influence on Current World Affairs, and Why is Fundamentalism a Very Modern Movement?

1/5/2018
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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 Affairs as the first of a three part series on the influence of the Abrahamic religions. While the topic is problematic (how does "religion" cause "history?"), I address the essentials of Judaism, focus especially on the rise of fundamentalism in the last twenty years as a result of the internet, and consider how fundamentalism itself is a "modern...

Duration:01:03:15

Abrahamic Faith: Living in the Present and Future Moment Concurrently, and Having Nothing to Do with How We "All" Share the Father

11/17/2017
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"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 this verse of five Hebrew words in Genesis. Is it really the essense of "Abrahamic faith" that "Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all share?" Or is the latter an imposition on the text to suit personal motives? Is Abraham's faith about obedience, or about being the first to have the correct theology [though it seemed Noah had that], or about...

Duration:01:09:56

When You Have Forgotten Our Story, Your Only Ethic is Survival: The Rise of White Supremacy and the Importance of History

9/22/2017
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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 of survival. The ineluctable connection of history and purpose is so well known to those on the far right and the far left, that their common tactic is that they must lie about history and create an alternative history that is false. Whether you’re a gullible skinhead, a fervent Jew whose only ethic is Jewish or Israel survival, or a leftist who insists...

Duration:00:39:31

Kabbalah, the Amidah prayer, and the Spiritual Progression of Shabbat

8/22/2017
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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 Kabbalistically significant parts of the Shabbat Amidah prayers, and shows the progression of God sefirot/attributes/emanations on Shabbat. In this presentation, I look at the Amidah, called "The Prayer" (ha-tefillah) in the Talmud, in its evolving Shabbat version. This Amidah is an enigma inside of an enigma, a silent meditation inside of a public pronouncement, a...

Duration:01:21:59

The Pre-Talmudic Temple Spirituality of Conditional and Unconditional Vows

8/14/2017
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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 play a major role in your High Holiday prayers and spiritual work leading up to the shofar blast ending Yom Kippur. We know why the Talmud played them down, but maybe we play them down today for another reason altogether: namely, they don't fit with modern conceptions of "spiritual." But that's where we are completely mistaken: the core...

Duration:00:12:21

Owning Your Voice (Part 1) - Moses to God

8/1/2017
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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 concludes with his infamous "speech impediment." Is this really a speech impediment as taught in Sunday schools by fundamentalists? Or do we need to say such things because it reflects a deep aspect of ourselves that it is too uncomfortable to confront? Why do we neglect opportunities to speak in this world and turn down leadership --let alone even find...

Duration:00:30:09

Owning Your Voice (Part 2) - Moses to Pharaoh

8/1/2017
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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 Pharaoh. Drawing on a teaching I learned from the great Conserative rabbi Rabbi Brad Artson. this single line may contain the most concise expression of religious ethics ever. We can go from avoiding our voice to finding out how to live your voice.

Duration:00:32:41

Is Leviticus's Skin Fascination about Judgmental Exclusion or Universal Healthcare?

5/2/2017
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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 horror and immorality. And like those earlier topics, it's as if people aren't reading the Torah, but are projecting their own sensitivities -- an inevitable part of the hermeneutical circle of reading, but one which tells us more, sometimes, about the reader's sensitivities than about the Torah...

Duration:00:18:28

Passover Part 2: Your Story Leads You To Your Purpose (David Brooks on Exodus)

4/10/2017
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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 about. Once the satire of the opening is out of the way, it's all "Maggid" from there: the "oral telling of OUR story" in order to make us Jews, in order to tell us what our purpose is. Freedom without purpose is idolatry.

Duration:00:14:34

Passover Part 1: It's Not About Freedom, but What You Do With Your Freedom

4/10/2017
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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 Valor Rae Harvey.) Reclining at dinner, drinking wine, and getting to eat karpas , a Greco-Roman appetizer, is freedom? Seriously? The first part of the seder is a wicked satire that mocks the fool's answer to the central question of the Seder, "What is freedom?" The Jewish answer to "What is freedom?" is that Freedom is about What You Do With Your...

Duration:00:10:14

The Nexus of Being and Nothingness as the "Solid" Ground of God's Presence

3/3/2017
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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: "Becoming." But how can the "nexus of being and nothingness" be the true reality we live in, have faith in, perceive, and live by? How can the solid ("amen") be found in the changing, and how can the soul live with a mind that depends on illusion, limits perception, and fosters an ego that identifies itself with the mind's false...

Duration:01:12:27

"Daddy, Who Are Our Ancestors?" - Connecting to Them through the Seven Species on Tu B'Shvat

2/11/2017
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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 isn't: rather, it was a thoughtful and sincere query after watching a show about a Latina girl learning about her ancestors. "Who are ours?" she needed to know. In this Tu B'Shvat presentation, I show how i connect to our ancestors by going back through the Seven Species of the Land of Israel, presented in the Temple, which go back further to...

Duration:00:16:45

The Women March as the New King is Inaugurated: What We Can Learn from Rashi

1/26/2017
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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 invitation of profound synchronicities, like the fact that we in synagogue read about the "new king" being inaugurated as the women protest, as something very similar (with a million women) is happening outside the sanctuary walls. When we bring our minds to modern application or comparison, we bring our commentators and our critical thinking skills. I...

Duration:00:16:04

Fighting The Second Enslavement: Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

1/16/2017
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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 different kind)? I look at a Rashi which places the "enslavement" (or en-serf-ment --same word in Hebrew) of the Egyptians by Joseph as the middle step in two enslavements, first Egypt's everyday slavery -- in the ancient world slavery was the inevitable consequence of unpayable debt-- and second the reactive enslavement of the Israelites as the supposed...

Duration:00:16:07

The 3rd Archetypal Step: Moses and the Women of the Well

12/16/2016
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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 three searing experiences of injustice: the bullying of Midianite shepherd girls by the boys. "And he rises to their defense." What is the significance of this third archetypal step? How has his life led up to his moment, and how does this moment continue to define it? How does it, and his marriage, shape not only his life...

Duration:00:33:25

Gift Giving and the Mandate of Reciprocity: Abraham and Marcel Mauss

11/30/2016
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(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 from the Hebron locals for the prime burial cave-- through the lens of French-Jewish sociologist Marcel Mauss's book The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies, his landmark study of the centrality of gift giving in tribal societies. (The book became highly influential on French literary theory, and...

Duration:00:20:02