Some weeks ago, Daniel Gordis wrote “Requiem for a Movement”, in which he chronicled the decline of the Conservative movement in the North American Jewish community. The full article can be found here: http://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/566/requiem-for-a-movement/ Responses from the Conservative establishment came fast and furious. Typical is Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe’s “Not Dead Yet” – published in Ha’aretz. You can read that here: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.559173 (Recall that Wolpe is famous for arguing that the Exodus from Egypt never actually happened as the Torah describes. For more on that, see my blog post from the early fall, “Wondering about Wolpe”, here: http://www.ezrabessaroth.net/leadership/rabbi-s-blog/entry/wondering-about-wolpe)

This past weekend, David Goldman published a superb response to the Gordis article entitled, “Was the Conservative Decline Inevitable?” I encourage you to read it here: http://torahmusings.com/2013/12/was-the-conservative-decline-inevitable-a-baal-teshuvas-perspective/