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The spiritual-fitness self-assessment

Whether you know that you have a gratitude practice or not, you have a gratitude practice. Your gratitude practice is made up of the number of times a day you complain and the number of times a day you are thankful. (Yours might not be a consciously chosen gratitude practice, and it might not be a beneficial gratitude practice, but, it still is your gratitude practice.)

The Spiritual-Fitness-Self-Assessment is a free, simple downloadable tool that in five minutes will help you to establish where you might have holes in your spiritual- practice.

Learn if you might need help with patience, forgiveness, anger, love, and more.

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A modern-day rabbi with John Lennon’s inclusivity and a Blues Brothers mission.

Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian (rB) grew up on the small island of Manhattan. He studied architecture. And, magic. He excelled in school and all things rational. But, he was destined – despite what seems to him to be his own free will – to become a rabbi. And, he did. He full-timed at a congregation for close to four years before dropping out. He transitioned back to school, picking up another master’s degree – this one in education – and teaching inner-city kids mathematics, life, and love. After moving to Portland, where he taught at De La Salle North Catholic High School, his calling urged him to serve an even more needy community – intelligent rational folk who struggle some with spiritual fitness. He does so through his work with the not for profit Religion-Outside-The-Box writing and speaking.

Rabbi Brian lives in Portland, Oregon with his family.

Religion Outside The Box

All adults (no matter their religious practice or affiliation) should delight in the fruits of a healthy spiritual life – connection, transcendence, and purpose.

For the spiritual but not religious – people who aren’t uplight about denominationalism and know that all religions practiced correctly are fingers pointing to the same moon.

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Rabbi Brian Videos

Deep wisdom. Delivered in a digestible format. Short videos with big impact. Rabbi Brian at his best.

Rabbi Brian Audio

Three-minute podcasts. Honest. Open. Free. (Both in price and liberative value.) Stream or download.

The 77% Weekly Newsletter

The 77% Weekly Newsletter is sent every Monday morning, except the last Monday of the month. You can get some spiritual-nourishment right in your in-box. It’s free. And, wonderful.

Why is it called The 77% Weekly? Because  52 weeks a year minus 12 (last Mondays of the month) equals 40. (40/52 is 77%)

Chances are you work too much. Many of us do. (You probably agree.) So, I want to remind you that you only need a 77% to pass.

Mourning. Memories. Blessings.

Mourning. Memories. Blessings. Aaron Panken was the rabbi at my home synagogue when I graduated from Tufts University. He jumped me through the hoops necessary to get into rabbinical school.  He died. Suddenly, in a plane crash. I am shaken, thrown off. Confused. When...

Authorized, or not?

Clown-walking with fins After scuba diving for the first time around the age of 15, I became a bit of an aficionado. Consequently, when I was vacationing and saw a friend in snorkeling gear, walking, horribly awkwardly, towards the water with fins on, I called out,...

Acceptance: better get used to it.

Michelle is driving me back to her house, where I left my car. We just had a lovely dinner. Conversation with her just flows; she is one of my no-filter-required friends. The 84-Freeway here in Portland is doing its impression of Los Angeles traffic. The right lane is...

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