spiritually dead. They have been lost for so long in the forest of minutiae that they are blind to seeing the trees. They have nothing to offer but dead rote performance and contempt for any who are not like them. They feel they are God's gift to the world. They have made an idol of halacha and all of Jewry is paying the price.
President Rivlin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican (Haaretz)
from the article: Rabbis preoccupied with systematic rules miss the point of Halacha