Wednesday, September 19, 2007
How does one destroy the foundations of Orthodox Judaism (as it is known conventionally) and yet consider himself a Modern Orthodox Jew? I suppose you could say he is just posing, that he, like many others, has too many emotional bonds to his lifestyle that inhibit him from actually practicing what he preaches. But perhaps it is deeper than that. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance has created some kind of split personality condition, two souls living in the same body, one frum, one frei, and not realizing the comic tragedy of their circumstance. During the week, methodically, inexorably destroying the emunah of the Modern Orthodox, then sitting in shul on Shabbos morning, staring, bewildered, at the blood on his hands.