Neshama, I'm glad you finally feel comfortable with your new-found community, but are you sure that the point of Judaism is to feel comfortable? Rabbi Rick certainly is a talented speaker, but what was his message? To be radically inclusive so that the greatest number of people can feel spiritually comfortable. But what's the greater goal? To get everyone on the same page for what purpose? When there's no one left to invite, what is the goal then? IMHO, Reform Judaism offers no profound vision, but rather seeks to expand for the sake of expansion. Call it colonialist Judaism. Orthodoxy is not about excluding, but rather focusing on a completely different issue: actually fulfilling the commands of Hashem such that Am Yisrael becomes what I call the divine enzyme in the world that accomplishes the goal that only Hashem really understands. It's not a message of comfort, but of commitment to an external, divine standard. It's about trust in Hashem that meticulous loyalty to our most intellectually honest understanding of the original commands (not the dictates of our hearts) is our last, best destiny.
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from the article: Neshama Carlebach: How I became a Reform Jew