Your Spiritual Leader

I remember a few years ago, I was davening at this Modern Orthodox shul and the rabbi got up and said to the congregation, “When you chose me as your spiritual leader…” And I thought, “What the hell? I never chose you as my leader, spiritual or otherwise. I just happen to daven here. I have friends here. I like the kiddish. It’s close to my home.

“I don’t agree with you on almost any controversial issue. I like you but you’re not my spiritual leader. Dennis Prager is my moral leader.”

When I talk with Christians, they ask about my “faith community.” I don’t belong to a faith community. As far as I know, many of the people I go to shul with are atheists. We’re a community to the extent we practice together.

Maybe we’re not even a community?

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager read something about “the Cornell community. As soon as I hear the word ‘community’, we’re talking left lingo.

“Cornell community means Cornell students. When I was at Columbia, I never thought I was a member of the Columbia community. I thought I was a student at Columbia University.

“The gay community. Do all gays think they are a part of the gay community? It’s disrespectful to lump all people as X or Y. Do heterosexuals feel they are a part of the heterosexual community?”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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