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 My work has been noted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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