Friday, September 01, 2006

Interesting peice from Slate Magazine about why Conservative Judaism is ailing.

It's a very US (as in American, rather than United Synagogue perspective), but raises some interesting issues. How good is the middle of the road, truly?

... in 1961, the Conservative movement issued a ruling permitting driving on Shabbat—but only to synagogue. Orthodox Jews, by contrast, observe the prohibition against driving and build their neighborhoods around their synagogues and each other's homes. There is something powerful about this decision: The foundation of the community is a countercultural value that requires some sacrifice in the name of a higher purpose.

Something to ponder on, as I walk to shul. Which shul, you're wondering?

Shabbat shalom. Gut shabbes.

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