The product of a millennium of tension between law and folk tradition.
Being someone before God.
To avoid that fate, rabbis and synagogues might begin by acknowledging where and how Judaism differs, and proceed from there.
Today’s liberal Judaism may or may not have struck the right balance between tradition and change; but that’s a conversation worth having.
Unless they feel personally welcome, non-traditional Jews won’t care to own anything at all of the tradition.
From a naïve confidence to an enduring hopefulness.
The month of Elul.
Not High Holy Day services.
Jews and Muslims, tolerance and intolerance.
“Here am I, poor in deeds,” it begins. Where did it come from and, more importantly, what does it say to us?