February 22, 2007
Q&A with Reconstructionist Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz
(Page 2 - Previous Page)JJ: Ahigh percentage of Reconstructionist Jews reside on the West Coast. Why do you think that is? DE: I think there may be an openness to experiment here, to try out new ideas, that exists on the West Coast that makes a more fertile ground for a form of Judaism that says that you need to constantly innovate. Because we know that the world will change, we also know that Judaism needs to change to meet that world. So there is a constant demand for renovation.
JJ: What are you left with in the next generation, if everyone follows something different? DE: You are left with an engagement with Jewish life and Jewish tradition. And it's possible that some of the things that we have discarded will be picked up later and others that we follow ... will be discarded. And that's always been the case in Jewish life: This is not some radical idea. This is the way Jewish life has always functioned. It's one of the results of studying the history of the Jewish people. This is the way Jewish life has always worked, which makes you both bold and willing to innovate, and humble, realizing your innovations may not last.
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