Josh was born outside of Chicago, and grew up in California. He plays guitar and sings tenor. His parents, Victor and Caren Brodt, served with David and Patti Brickner on the Liberated Wailing Wall in 1981 - 1982, and as Josh told me, They were on the very first world tour." Caren, a Jewish believer, sang soprano. Victor drove the bus and managed the sound equipment.
Josh can hardly remember a time when he was not acquainted with the Liberated Wailing Wall's music as well as his father's stories about their adventures "on the road." When he heard how his dad had been punched in the stomach in South Africa, Josh was deeply impacted. "I thought of the places where Jesus says, 'Blessed are you when men hate you for my name's sake.' I thought, what a privilege to take a punch for Jesus."
Of course, there were far more pleasant aspects of the tour. His parents told Josh that serving with the Liberated Wailing Wall consisted of "Getting paid for doing what they loved -- travel, singing, and witnessing." Josh, who also enjoys traveling, saw serving with the Liberated Wailing Wall as "a really cool way to put your faith in action" and "an opportunity to change the world."
Like his parents, Josh has always loved music. "I played my grandpa's clarinet for a while in middle school, and I liked it a lot, but was frustrated because I wanted to sing. Later, I picked up a guitar." Music has also played a role in Josh's spiritual development. "Singing has always been the most intimate way in which I express my relationship with God; you know, the most intimate way in which I communicate with Him."
Josh was raised in a biblically grounded home. "At around eight years old, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. We sometimes had family Bible studies and we always celebrated Hanukkah and Passover. Dad made sure to point out the significance of the various elements of Passover which are symbolic of Messiah. I knew and enjoyed pretty much all of the Bible stories, but I knew God was perfect and I wanted to be perfect, too. I realized my need for Y'shua. Now my goal is not so much to be perfect, but to let the life of Christ live through me, as He is perfect."
As the team leader, Josh is responsible for "interacting with other leaders" and ensuring that the team members are cared for physically, emotionally and spiritually. He said, "I did not expect to be selected to be the leader, frankly. I was extremely excited to be considered. I would appreciate prayer as I have the task of being the first impression or face of Jews for Jesus to a lot of people."
Much about the Liberated Wailing Wall has changed since Josh's parents were team members, but its central purpose as a distinctly Jewish, mobile, evangelistic music group remains the same. Josh told me, "We want to have the same fervor and passion that my parents had when they were on the team, and with at least the same amount of creativity in approaching our mission. We want to strive to be relevant to the younger generation."
Josh earned a degree in biblical studies from Life Pacific College, where he played basketball for four years. He served on the Bronx/Westchester team during the New York "Behold Your God" campaign last summer.