Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Here's A Schism There's A Schism

FIrst there was the Great Orthodox Schism of the 21st Century, which may or may not be being pushed along by the founding of a new Orthodox rabbinic organization, the Rabbinic Fellowship, by the team of Rabbis Weiss & Angel.

Then there was the Spiritual Communities Study of the Independent Minyan phenomenon, highlighting the diversification and democratization of much of active Jewish religious ritual life.

Sometimes it looks like everything's falling apart.

And then something happens to make you realize that yes, you're right.

A new Jewish political advocacy organization, the J-Street Project, is an alternative to what some see as the Rightist or Far-Rightist orientation of AIPAC and its allies.

Interesting development.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in two minds about such divisions.

Local diversity might be one way of keeping together a bunch of effectively separate religious/ethnic/political groups and communities that do very different things, but still think of themselves as Jewish, even if they do not recognise all other groups as Jewish.

But I lament the loss of Jewish unity, even if it might not ever have really existed.

4/10/2008 9:16 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

i generally feel it's good when people find ways to make their own groups that fulfill their needs... as long as they don't start bashing everyone else.

4/10/2008 8:29 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Speaking of schism......
One Dutchman: a believer.
Two Dutchmen: a congregation.
Three Dutchmen: a schism.

4/11/2008 4:15 PM  

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