Are you a synagogue or what? Yes and no and kinda. Words like “synagogue” can feel constraining, and we want to think expansively about what Jewish life can be… so we think of ourselves as a spiritual community, and let the experience define itself.
“Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.”–Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “On Prayer”
We are all searching for something. What’s your thing?
Two Visions of Progressive Judaism – Rabbi David Kasher
February 8th, 2020 — Shabbat Beshalah
Do human beings progress as they move through history? Are we getting better – more sophisticated, more capable, more ethical? Or are we getting worse? Two schools of thought, Progressivism and Conservatism, offer very different answers to these questions. So where does an ancient religious tradition come down in this debate? Not necessarily where you’d think.