In response to this Ha’aretz article, my friend Rabbi Brent Spodek of the Beacon Hebrew Alliance wrote:
It’s not Judaism that’s mediocre, but the way it has been packaged for several generations of Americans and other Diaspora Jews. In the most basic terms, it looks something like this: We had centuries of anti-Semitism, then the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust, and now a Jewish state faced with the possibility of imminent annihilation. It could all fall apart – without your help.
In that article, Rabbi Donniel Hartman asks,
What are we doing to make Judaism competitive? What ideas are we producing? What leadership? What membership policies? This Pew survey is good news because it reminds us that we have to work harder.
What do you think of this competition narrative? How has ALEPH been “packaging Judaism” for you?
via Rabbi urges Jews and Israel to drop the ‘near extinction’ narrative – GA: Israel 2013 Israel News | Haaretz.