Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill, is an ordained RABBI with s'mika
as a Rebbe in the Jewish tradition.
He was ordained with s'mikha from Rabbi Gershon Winkler of Thousand Oaks, California,
(www.walkingstick.org), who is a Rabbi with an Ultra-Orthodox s'mikha from Rabbi Eliezer Bension of Jerusalem.
*AVODAH OR SERVICE TO COMMUNITY*
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill has served in the Jewish community in many capacities since 1975. He served as a Lay-Rabbi in
Mormon country, Boise, Idaho (1986-1994), and as a Lay-Rabbi, was privileged to garner a working relationship with the leadership
of various Christian Churches in Boise, including the LDS Church. He also led services, performed weddings, funerals, and
taught Hebrew and B'nai Mitzvah classes.
As a historical side note: Idaho had the privilege of being the first State in the United States to elect a Jewish Governor.
Governor Moses Alexander was elected to two terms as Governor beginning in 1914.
Also of note: Utah had the second Jewish Governor, Governor Samuel Bamberger (1914) who was also the first non-Mormon
governor of Utah and was elected by the popular vote over a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles.
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill was privileged to be presented, while Lay-Rabbi of Boise's Jewish community, with a beautiful
edition of the Holy Qur'an by the Muslim community of Boise in 1994 for his active support of Muslim peoples in the Balkan
**ETYMOLOGICAL ORIGIN OF THE HEBREW WORD "REBBE"**
REBBE and RABBI come from the Hebrew root for "teacher," <Reysh, Beyt, Heh> which has the inner meaning of "forming,"
or "educating." Every Hebrew letter is filled with meaning that contributes to the meaning of any word that the letter makes
up. In this case <Reysh> has the inner essence of the "Teachings of the Divine Cosmic Mind brought into the understanding
of the <Beyt> individual teaching situation through <Heh> Divine Revelation or Inspiration and learning."
an ordained Rebbe, Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill is known as the "ECOREBBE." He is a teacher of the ecological, earth based, spiritual
physical principles and teachings of his holy Rebbes and teachers; Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Gershon Winkler,
Rabbi Michael Lerner and Rabbi Arthur Waskow (among others) AS HE UNDERSTANDS THEM and interprets them. These teachings promote
environmental concerns as well as the concerns taught by the Hasidic Rebbes of the Ba'al Shem Tov tradition.
AUTHORITY FIGURES WITHOUT QUESTION
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill does not believe in accepting the teachings of any person
or text without question. He does not follow gurus or Prophets blindly. He believes that he has the right to draw from his
own training and understanding to help him understand and evaluate the teachings of his teachers and Rebbes. He suggests that
you do the same.
As you read the various pages on this website, you will often notice that Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill
will often refer to the teachings of his holy teachers and Rebbes. Yet, just as often, and maybe even more so, Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill
will differ from the TOTAL teachings of those who he considers his teachers and Rebbes.
As a TRADITIONAL and FLEXIDOX Jew, who follows a basic Sephardic minhag (custom), Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill does not believe
in proselytizing people of other religions, as he is accepting of ALL religions as necessary, for traditionally Judaism teaches
that there are many Paths to the One God.
The Prophet Micah tells us; "For all people will walk in the religious concept of the Creator that their Name for
the Creator implies, and we (who are Israelitish peoples) will walk in the Name concept of YHVH, our Creative Transformational
Power, forever and even longer. (See Micah 4:5; see also Amos 9: 7).
One will search the Hebrew Tanakh (Bible) in vain for any text promoting missionary work. To the contrary, Deuteronomy
4: 19 requires that we accept that it is God who gives the other nations the right to worship as they choose to.
The Prophets inform us that it will be God who brings the two peoples of Israel and Judah together, neither missionaries
nor the results of proselytizing. Missionaries destroy traditions and cultures; they do not preserve them or acknowledge their
If God had wanted there to be only one Path to God, or one race, or one language, or one of anything, God would not have
created the diversity of our BEAUTIFUL WORLD!
It is the firm belief of Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill, the EcoRebbe that we are in the beginning stages of the Age of Aquarius,
the Age of Deli, the Coming of the Bride-Messiah, (may She come in the days of our life).
This time period is marked by a fluidity of instantaneous computerized knowledge throughout the world; by a zeal for equality
for all peoples, races, ethnicities, sexual identities and religions; by a growing social and environmental consciousness;
by a loosening of rigid national borders and boundaries; and by women rising to the fore in religion, government and other
areas where they previously were under-represented and under empowered.
The birthing of the Age of Aquarius cannot be stopped; it is a divinely pre-ordained Plan of Salvation. In the beginning
stages, it will experience the pull of the tribalistic, fundamentalist-religion dominated Age of Pisces, which will seek to
curtail or overturn the advances that signal the Age of Aquarius.
However, the significant dominant feature of this NEW AGE is the rising to power of the Divine Feminine, THE SHEKHINAH,
to bring to a harmonious balance the overly masculine testosterone dominated, fundamentalist religion based, age of war, hatred
and inequality, to a place of loving, caring, respecting, and honoring; in effect, the Messianic Age, will win out in the
end and the Age of Aquarius will become fully born as is taught in the Torah and the Prophets.
It is important to remember that the past ages are there to look to for where we have come from, not for us to remain
there, or even to hope to return there. The Messianic Age is in the future for us to work towards and to bring to fruition.
As the Torah states: "The Messiah will come when She is no longer needed (based upon the understanding of several
In other words; the Messianic Age will be realized only when we have brought about a world where swords are beaten into
plowshares, spears into pruning-hooks; and people do not learn or teach violence as an acceptable way to resolve differences.
A time when there is neither hungry nor homeless, because we know how to share the wealth that the Earth Mother provides for
ALL humanity, not just the "privileged" few. A time when we each shall care for the welfare of each other. At that
time, the Spirit of Shekhinah shall infuse all of us with the knowing of what the real meaning of LOVE is!
*RAINBOW RELIGION (NOAHIDE COVENANT)*
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill believes that all religions are part of the One Rainbow Religion of the One God, whether Jew,
Mormon, Moslem, Native American Indian, Baptist, Hindu, Buddhist, et all, even if that religion does not acknowledge the relationship.
Every religion has a piece of the puzzle to add to the whole. We all sit at different places around God's Table of Truth.
Some of us believe that our small portion of TRUTH is the whole meal, and thus we deny ourselves much that is there for our
benefit and enjoyment. We need to learn how to feed each other from that which is in front of each of us, so we all benefit.
Continual revelation implies that NO religion has all the truth at the moment. We Jews teach that every teaching taught
by the Teachers of our Traditions was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, including a future responsa of a yet future Rabbi.
*PROPHETS OF OTHER FAITH BASED RELIGIONS *
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill honors all of God's Prophets, past and future, of all religious Paths; Moses, Balaam, Jesus [the
Nazareener Rebbe], Black Elk, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Ramakrishna, Baha'u'llah, Pope John Paul II, Eli Weisel, Rabbi Michael
Lerner and many, many others, many of whom he is unfamiliar with. He honors them and their teachings, but follows only the
teachings and teachers of his own Path, the Jewish Path.
*QUESTIONS FROM THOSE OF OTHER RELIGIONS*
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill teaches that the only "dumb" question is the one that is not asked. If he chooses not
to respond to an irreverent question, he will say so, but honest questions he responds to. If you have a question you would
like answered, please write Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a while for him to respond.
Rabbi Steinberg-Caudill is well grounded in his own traditions, faith and beliefs, He does not fear the questions nor
the responses of those whose traditions, faith and beliefs differ from his. He believes that it is all right for people to
have diverse opinions.