The global COVID-19 pandemic has had dire effects on the world and will have lasting effects on the infrastructure of the Jewish community. Given the harsh financial reality, some Reform and Conservative congregations are considering consolidating. Many have wondered whether the denominational model that frames the Jewish community will evaporate all together.
I am not one of those people. Denominational distinctions are important and here to stay. And maybe that’s why I find it so delightful that there is a place where institutional divides are not the operating arbiter of interaction. It’s not an obvious space. In fact, it’s one of the most contentious platforms on earth. And yet, it’s where Jews have been finding common cause, breaking denominational barriers that exist in real life. That space is Twitter.
It is no secret that Twitter is divided over fierce political lines. The only thing we seem to agree about these days is that social media has infected our discourse with entrenched partisanship.
The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.