Rabbi Brian

What To Expect

Dr. Robert Farrar stands at the front of the corner-windowed third-floor classroom.   We are waiting for the official class time. Only then will he begin today’s talk about educational history.   I look out the window at my 2003 Honda Odyssey parked a few car lengths up, off of Ventura boulevard. I’m spending a …

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Real Magic

  I flew from Los Angeles to New York to attend my friend Arthur’s rabbinic ordination.   “His seminary isn’t legitimate,” I hear from some colleagues. “You shouldn’t go,” I’m told.   I suspect, and time will prove this to be true, I will lose some rabbi friends because I choose to attend the ordination …

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Believed In

“Do you see these?” I ask, pointing to the dozens of packing slips I have taped to the wall next to the fire escape of my classroom in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California.   I continue. “Do you realize what these mean? Each and every one of these papers means that a random stranger believes …

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The Very New Gospel of Rabbi Brian

A narrative-driven, big-idea, radical theology book Rabbi Brian’s Reluctant Revelation Spiritualigious Writings Liberationalist Theology Part 1 – Rabbi Brian’s Reluctant Revelation I didn’t get the calling until I dropped out of being a real rabbi. I’d always assumed people who talked about a personal calling from the divine were nutter butters. And, I’m not a …

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John Shelby Spong

**JACK** I’m walking, excitedly, from the Hall of Philosophy, past Chautauqua’s 3,000 person amphitheater, holding my cell-phone next to my ear talking to Larry, my BFF. “I’m very jealous of you,” Larry tells me. “You should be,” I tell him. We both laugh. I follow Morris Avenue in this “model train village come to life” …

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