Sometimes I get frustrated, say things, and don’t take them to their actual sensical conclusion. Which is what I’m sure happened with my recent post on B’nai Jeshurun. Then a friend e-mailed to explain what I meant to say.
Essentially, this person agreed that they had a similar experience at BJ. What they said, and, as it turns out, what I think I meant to say, is that a good aesthetic is nice. It can pull people in and even help keep them there. But, BJ, this person noted, doesn’t offer much beyond the great aesthetic, despite, as this person noted, a great congregational devotion to social justic.
Thank God other people put together what I mean to say. Sometimes I get too caught up in the minutiae of davening to remember the real purpose of the whole exercise.