There certainly are exceptions to the developments Rabbi Sylvester outlines in his article but they are a minority. Institutes like the Hartman Institute, Pardes, Uri L'tzedek and others are shining lights but they exist with very dark shadow currents: irual performance as the judge of one's religiosity, the poison of nationalism and replacement of humanistic values with tribal impulses, the contempt toward non-Jews and their faiths, idolisation of militarism and its cult, arrogance and spiritual hubris, religious leaders who espouses the worst and most vile racist views, contempt for democratic values as goyishe narishkeit. These attitudes are ascendant and have been within the Orthodox camp for decades. Combined with the worst excesses of tribalism and nationalism, they have become toxic and are perhaps the most devasting development in contemporary Judaism. As one commentaor calls it, we have entered the Age of Constantinian Judaism.
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from the article: Resigning from Judaism