Fundamentally, I don't disagree with Rabbi Burkeman. Slick, glitzy, highly produced holy day productions seem contrary to Jewish values. Yet isn't excellence a Jewish value? There's a lot of gray between produced and excellent. For me, poorly produced worship services these last months is antithetical to the idea that worship is an invitation for our community to be in dialogue with God. No, I don't think God cares about production values, but I do! ... See MoreSee Less
"But the point is that Orthodox groups have long known that formal synagogue structures and even professional leadership are not critical components for communal worship."
Regular visitors will recognize my criticism (nearly a mantra) of liberal Judaism's focus on buildings over communities. Amkraut's article points out that again, this is biting us in the tuchus. Stay tuned... we'll see how things play out! ... See MoreSee Less