Spending the last two weeks on a lecture/ fundraising tour across the United States, I met a lot of different people with a lot of different views about a lot of different things.
There was one thing, however, about which everyone was in agreement.
Everyone said that traditional, Orthodox Judaism is facing a threat
from a group that is departing from tradition.
They all agreed that this group publicly goes against the views of
Chazal, the Rishonim and the Acharonim. They all agreed that this
group cherry-picks isolated views in order to attempt to kasher that
which it wants to do, rather than looking at what Hashem and Torah
actually wants it to do. They all agreed that this group is wrong in
claiming that the circumstances of today legitimizes going against the
traditions of thousands of years. They all agreed that this group is attempting to fundamentally re-write the nature of Judaism.
They all agreed that this group poses a great danger to traditional Judaism.
But they weren't all talking about the same group!