Rabbi B is a renowned motivational speaker on a wide array of topics and in diverse settings including:
Cannabis conferences, companies, advocacy events
Synagogues, Federations, Jewish non-profits & Israel tours
Evangelical conferences, churches and Israel missions
Israel advocacy conferences
Rabbinical schools, Christian seminaries & university settings
Spirituality, yoga, meditation & mindfulness centers and retreats
Innovation and technology conferences, symposiums and forums
Corporate settings, seminars and conferences
Business and investment venues
Governmental organizations and agencies
Grief seminars & suicide awareness programs
Rooted in Judaism, Flowering in Israel & Fulfilling The Jewish Mission
Contrary to popular belief, cannabis is not “the Devil’s Weed.” It is not dangerous, nor is it immoral. Rather, this plant (like all plants) is sanctioned as kosher by the Torah and deemed holy within the Book of Exodus. In fact, it is mentioned throughout the Talmud and utilized by famous rabbis past and present. This backdrop provides a context in understanding why Jews have historically led the charge for cannabis legalization, why so many investors and owners are Jewish, and why Israel is the birthplace of medical cannabis and world leader in cannabis R&D. Ultimately, the morality of cannabis is determined by what we do with it. With the rise of the legalized cannabis and prominence of both Jews and the Jewish homeland within this development, we have the opportunity to utilize it as a force for good and fulfill the Jewish mission of Tikun Olam – to repair a broken world.
THE POSSIBILITIES OF A PLANT FOR PROFITS, PEOPLE, PLANET
The cannabis industry is at a crossroads. Will it become just another commodity? Will it go the way of the other “Big Industries” -- Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol? Will it continue down the path of social, racial and gender inequity? The rising profitability of this plant is not without its inherent dangers, but equally the legalized cannabis industry presents unparalleled opportunities. And, it starts with “Conscious Capitalism,” or what Rabbi B terms, “Conscious Cannabis.”
Capitalism, done right, has functioned as one of the greatest goods in the history of humanity; and this industry, done right, has the ability to heal on every level: physically, socially, culturally and economically. Will we utilize these profits to generate wealth for its owners, as well as to generate health, justice, equity and prosperity for all? Will we engage it as a pathway to restorative justice for the victimization of people of color during the “War on Drugs,” and a form of economic reparation for those communities in which it took place? As its operators, investors, leaders, advocates and proponents, will we speak up, rise up and put up the necessary resources—make the requisite investment—to take it down another path? Cannabis: it is time to harness the plant as a source of good. It is time for Conscious Cannabis.
SEEDS OF SOCIAL EQUITY
What it is. What it needs. What it could be.
For decades the U.S. government has waged the War on Drugs in an attempt to eliminate illicit drug use within this country. However, this war has neither achieved its intended goals, nor was it ever intended to do so. In reality, this was not a War on Drugs. It was designed as a War on People – specifically people of color and the communities in which they tend to live. Cannabis in particular has been co-opted and propagandized to serve as a weapon by the government to target, and incarcerate, African-Americans and Hispanics, destroying lives and decimating the communities in which they live.
Adding insult to injury, as legalization of cannabis evolves, the victims of this racist war are now being left out of legalization, economic upside and all of the opportunities surrounding the “Green Rush:. As an attempt to repair this injustice, and bring equity to the cannabis industry, states have rolled out cannabis social equity programs, awarding preferential licenses to individuals most harmed by the War on Drugs. The challenges to these programs, however, are numerous. Rabbi B and ONE Cannabis are providing practical solutions as they roll out the world’s most comprehensive and aggressive cannabis social equity solution they call SEED.
The Aqua Nation
Israel’s Rise As A Global Water Superpower & Implications & Inspiration For The Region, World & Our Lives
In less than seventy-five years Israel has not only come into existence, but transformed itself into a thriving economy and world leader in science, technology and innovation, ranking last year as one of the top ten most powerful countries in the world. And when it comes to water, Israel has become a world leader in water governance, infrastructure, technology, innovation and impact. In the Aqua Nation, Rabbi B maps out Israel’s rise as a global water superpower, introduces ways to replicate their success within our community’s and leaves us inspired and ready to take action in effectively addressing and remedying the growing global water scarcity crisis.
The Biblical Blueprints of Entrepreneurism, Innovation & Disruption
Modern Israel has become known as “The Start-up Nation,” a world leader in entrepreneurism, innovation and disruptive technologies, and Jews everywhere have always been revered for their entrepreneurial acumen. This, however, is not a new phenomenon, nor is it secular in nature. The ingredients for the Start-up Nation have been in existence for millennia and woven through Jewish texts, traditions and practices. In the Biblepreneur, Rabbi B explores entrepreneurism’s biblical blueprints, sharing this innovation and inspiration as a pathway for individual and collective, personal and professional transformation.
The Innovation Nation
Understanding, Integrating and Replicating the Start-up Nation within Our Organizations, Businesses, Communities and Lives
In less than 70 years, Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, less than .1% of the world population, surrounded by enemies and perennially threatened, has not only managed to survive, but to thrive. Economically, environmentally, technologically, scientifically ancient, decimated Israel has transformed itself into a modern superpower, fulfilling Theodor Herzl’s mantra, “if you will it, it is no dream.” In this talk, Rabbi B dives into the key ingredients which are responsible for the Jewish homeland transformation, both as a source of inspiration, as well as a pathway for replicating these best practice within our lives, organizations, business and communities.
Repairing The World Through Israeli Innovation & Global Impact Technologies
Tikun Olam is an ancient Jewish mantra, calling upon each of us to do our part in “fixing a broken world.” Thousands of years later this maxim is more relevant than ever. From climate change to environmental destruction, from food shortages to water contamination, from health risks to global terror, we are facing threats like never before. And yet, thanks to Israeli innovation, medical discoveries, scientific breakthrough and transformative technologies we have the tools to change our direction, repair the earth and fix our broken world like never before. In this talk, Rabbi B presents Israeli innovation & Global Impact Technology as a platform for education, community engagement, public relations, interfaith relations, co-existence and, above all else, a pathway for tikun olam through Tech-un Olam.
How to Revive Ruakh (Spirit) in Your Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community
Against all odds, facing every impossibility and atrocity imaginable, the Jewish people have not only survived, but flourished. Why? Because Judaism, and the Jewish people, are entrepreneurial in nature. Where there are problems - we seek solutions. Where there are obstacles - we seek alternatives. From Abraham and Sara to the Talmudic tradition of the rabbis, from the Halutzim (Israeli pioneers) transforming deserts into agricultural oasis’ to today's High-tech Halutzim transforming ideas into world changing startups, Judaism and entrepreneurism go hand in hand. Today, more than ever before, our synagogues, Federations, Jewish and organizations need to return to our roots, learn from our tradition and embody these qualities. If we are going to thrive we need to return to Ruakh - imagination, innovation & the entrepreneurial spirit.
MOURNING WITH MEANING; LIVING WITH LIGHT
Whether grieving the loss of a loved one, or confronting our own mortality, we all come face-to-face with the darkness of death at some point during life’s complicated journey. During a long career in which Rabbi B has guided countless others through the process of loss and bereavement, he faced two devastating losses of his own when, two decades apart, his grandmother and father tragically took their own lives. But when the shadows of grief took hold, he dedicated his life to breaking this cycle, searching within the darkness rather than turning away. By transforming his mourning into meaning, he discovered the sparks that lie within, inspiring thousands of others along the way. Featuring a mixture of personal stories and enlightening perspectives on love and loss, both “Spark Seekers” the talk and the book are a source of inspiration and direction for anyone, at any point along the grief journey, seeking to emerge from death’s darkness with newfound inspiration, purpose and, life.