In my upbringing rituals were not important, no bar mistvah nor the protestant version of it, no rituals on shabbath and only one on sunday, the homematch of our soccerteam. But my youth was drenched with values, thou shall not kill, treat the stranger as if he is you your self, share your assests, be generous. transform swords into ploughs, etcetera. The story of 7 tsedaka became very important to me. If judaism wants to servive modern times it must give all attention on values like these and leave the rituals.
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from the article: Is there such a thing as Jewish values?