Quote of the Day

“What does the Almighty need prayer for? Why did he tell man to pray? Not the Almighty, but man changes through prayer. G-d hearkens to prayer because there is a change in the identity of man. By praying man attains another identity. And by attaining a new identity, the verdict is not applicable anymore to him.”

-HaRav Joseph Soloveitchik

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 Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, 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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1 Response to Quote of the Day

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Reb Joshua, for the quotes. Is there something in oral content when man prays that would motivate G-d to affirm the new idenity. And there seems to have been an old verdict that would be over turned. Or is that a question for Moique and her law backgruond.

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