from antiquity, a fossil, or does it have something to say to the world? Does it have something to say to our own children? If we have a message, the unaffiliated will come to us and our children will remain with us.
If Judaism is only about whether or not swordfish is kosher or whether men and women sit together or separately, the vast majority of young Jews will not be interested. Most intelligent, sensitive, well-educated Jews have questions. The richness of life-spiritual, psychological, and emotional--is bound up not so much with answers but with the formulation of the questions. The synagogue should be the place where people are in quest of a meaningful encounter with God, and with the reality of their lives and their world.
This chapter is a compilation of previous writing, speeches, and interviews on Congregation B'nai Jeshurun. During 1993, the editors worked with Rabbi Marshall Meyer to prepare this piece.
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