Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
What is that shit?
This should explain:
That which I feared did come-not!
The forecasted tsunami turned into a trickle.
Is it too soon to declare the end of the intra-denominational culture wars? (Or am I going to come off sounding like President Bush (W), declaring the Iraqi war over five years too soon?) Neither side could claim victory, but perhaps we've reached detente. To use a boxing term, neither side scored a KO, but, at the same time, nor has either side received a knockout punch. The proponents of PM weren’t convinced by the critiques of the detractors, nor were the detractors swayed by the arguments of the proponents. (As for the ambivalent ones-like myself, well, as usual, we are doomed to spend our lives in ambivalence-purgatory)
I think it IS over.
In which case, let's move on ... to other, equally important things!
As we've seen in the geopolitical context, ending the war is only half the battle. The cessation of hostilities on the battlefield moves the action to the homefront. That’s when governments have to marshal resources to revitalize and revivify a homefront that’s been battered and scarred by war.
Ours is a dual-pillar movement: Modern and Orthodox. We fought to preserve our Modern identity, now we need to bring the same zeal to enhance and fortify our Orthodoxy. We resisted the attempt to make us less than optimally modern. Now we have to start the challenging task of making sure that our shuls, schools and homes are also optimally orthodox.
(I am, of course, assuming a robust definition of the term: orthodox meaning halakhic, spiritual, passionate, inclusive, and inspired.)
Shabbat shalom u'mevorach!
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