Quote of the Day

There is a divine dream which the prophets and rabbis have cherished and which fills our prayers, and permeates the acts of true piety. It is the dream of a world, rid of evil by the grace of G-d as well as by the efforts of man, by his dedication to the task of establishing the kingship of G-d in the world. G-d is waiting for us to redeem the world. We should not spend our life hunting for trivial satisfactions while G-d is waiting.

-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

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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5 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. James says:

    Interestingly enough, I’m going to start reading Heschel’s book God in Search of Man today.

  2. Beautiful. It’s a real paradigm shift for many of us to think that, as much as we are waiting for God, God is also waiting for us – and a distinctive Jewish idea we should *not* let go of!

  3. Rabbi Joshua says:


    That is an excellent book! Heschel is one of my all time favorite Jewish thinkers. I hope you enjoy it, and let us know what you think!

  4. James says:

    Got through Chapter 1 during my lunch hour. Yup. Reads just like a philosophy book. I’ll press on. 😉

  5. James says:

    Hit the Post Comment button too soon. Actually, this book, and most of the other reading I’ve been doing for the past year or so, playing right into the “morning mediation” blog I plan for this Sunday: Can you apply Jewish thinking, theology, themes, to Christians and other non-Jewish people? While I find Jewish theology, mysticism, and Talmudic wisdom compelling, is my reach exceeding my grasp in practical terms? To put it another way, am I seeing thematic and ecclesiastic connections that simply do not exist?

    I wonder if I can answer all that in one blog post. I’ll let you know.

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