Someone Finally Gets It — Again

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6 Responses

  1. concerned says:

    sounds like a closeted orthodox jew (almost)

  2. Leah says:

    By far one of the more concise and simply beautiful articles as of yet…..So well said. Thank you.

  3. CJ Srullowitz says:

    It’s interesting to note that the “mechayev” here is modern Orthodoxy.

  4. Moe says:

    I’m not sure he got it. While he does refer to Orthodox practice as “G-d-based”, and he does denounce the emphasis on “Tikkum Olam” as a Jewish spun term for “humanism”, he continues to praise the Orthodox for their growth, their quality of life, their generosity, and their humanism. What happened to “G-d based”? Where’s the spirituality? If the focus is not on our relationship with G-d, spirituality, what’s the point and where’s the sustainability?

  5. L. Oberstein says:

    Becoming orthodox means changing the whole way you live. Even if one wishfully says “I wish I were orthodox” as I have heard some non frum people say, doesn’t mean they are ready or willing to change.Orthodoxy requires a large committment to study of Hebrew texts, very scary to one who can barely read Hebrew and is inconsistent with the way most people live. Keeping kosher and shabbat are hard. All of the above are not even the root problem, the real problem is that young Jews are not getting married and having children and if they do they often intermarry. Also, people are not joining syangoogues, they are into individualism, not group dynamics. So, there are fewer non frum Jews. By 2050, the majority of Jews will be frum, so I have read. I don’t know how good it is that the youth are indifferent to marrying, to bearing children, to joining shuls, to observing anything. They are more like Jerry Seinfeld. Of course, Reb Yaakov, you could blame it all on Obama and the liberals, but it spells the end of an era and the start of another. If that is good, who knows?

  6. dr. bill says:

    I was amused reading positive reactions to Joel Alperson’s op-ed piece. Even Rabbi Eric Yoffie, while disagreeing, largely acknowledged its correctness. His criticism is indicative of how reform judaism is redefining its positions relative to mitzvot. What is interesting is a single sentence in the original article. To Rabbi Yoffie it is central, while Rabbi Menken omits it from his shortened version. Rabbi Maryles quotes the sentence without great emphasis on his blog. Three authors reading the same piece. Demonstrates something I was taught in shiur 45 years ago – always read the original. Even a summary by one rishon of another cannot be trusted to convey a full measure of original intent.

    read the article and the three responses; it is instructive.

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