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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Josh: As a engineering student at the University of Maryland and with a sister who recently graduated from GW, there are more than enough reasons to frequent our nation’s capital.
Rachel: You’re nicknamed the Orthobox. When did you discover your beat boxing talent?
Josh: In middle school I started getting into Matisyahu and once I heard him beatbox, I decided that I wanted a piece of the awesomeness. Add that to the fact that I wasn’t allowed to play drums growing up (something about a noise complaint…) and beatboxing was a perfect option. I actually sucked when I first started out (I still blush when I watch my early Youtube videos). When I say that I sucked, thats not humility. It means close family members were passionately opposed to the new “musician” in the house. But I worked at it through high school and into college and continue developing my live shows, Youtube tutorials, and loopstation music. So to make a long story short, I wasn’t born beatboxing but I started working at it in high school.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Josh: Rosh Hashanah. It carries all of the introspection and thinking that Jews are known for but still allows for the social festivities of meals etc. And a orchard’s worth of apples and honey doesn’t hurt.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Josh: Albert Einstein fo’ sho. After taking 2 years of engineering work, it’s humbling to know that I still have absolutely no idea what’s flying mathematically in any of his Theories of Relativity. He was a brilliant mind, activist, thinker, and human being. And a Jew to boot.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Josh: It’s probably time to daven Shacharis.