Another person, a Christian, said to me, later, “I’m sick of churches these days. Everything is geared towards ‘meeting your needs.’ They have so many ministries and programs for every possible group, and don’t get me wrong, a lot of them do real good. But the overall effect is to train us to expect to be catered to. If somebody isn’t meeting our needs, then somebody is failing us. That’s the mindset. But that’s not Christianity. It’s supposed to be hard! It’s the Cross!”
This from Orthodox Christian writer Rod Dreher.
A question for my fellow Jews:
Raise your hand if you see this same sort of tendency in your synagogue, yeshiva, or shul.
A religious leader should not pander. A religious institution should not lower itself.
A religious leader should lead. And a religious institution must aspire to the highest standards while offering help to everyone to reach those standards.