Snatching victory from the jaws of media negativity is always a good idea. In this case, the good idea was entirely my colleague’s, Rabbi Abraham Cooper. When people pointed to the recent Pew study that showed one billion people who claim no religious affiliation and snickered about the future of religion, he figured we could turn it around a bit, and score a few points for the Prophets of the Hebrew Scripture – and for the Jewish people. The Washington Post apparently agreed. Our piece is an op-ed today.
One of my sons became proficient at generating sentences that usually appear on the back of wine bottles, e.g. replete with faint overtones of mahogany,cherry blossoms, and car deodorizer. (Personally, I like wine that tastes like wine.) Some of you connoisseurs may detect overtones of the Besht, the Sfas Emes and others in this piece, although well disguised. (Conveying the emes of Torah to the general world community is still a work in progress.) Without prejudice as to the intentions of wine label creators, in this case you would be correct.