Quote of the Day

LevertoffOn this Hoshanah Rabbah … a word of inspiration from Paul Philip Levertoff:

“The joy which results from the study of God’s Word and from keeping the commandments does not reveal itself equally at all times. Of all the feasts, that of Tabernacles is the most joyous. For this reason, water, not wine, was used in the oblation at the Temple services on this festival; the joy, which the wine symbolized ordinarily being actually experienced (Love and the Messianic Age, 55).”

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue in Agoura Hills, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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