Transitioning from congregations to communities

I received a somewhat cryptic text yesterday morning from a dear friend and regular reader.

By definition, moving a large grouip 'by their hosts' requires organization and leaders. Exampled here in picture are Americans troops marching down the Champs Elysees upon the liberation of Paris.
By definition, moving a large group ‘by their hosts’ requires organization and leaders. Exampled here in picture are Americans troops marching down the Champs-Elysees upon the liberation of Paris.

It said,

Bney thought on second exodus-last parsha in 6:26 says they left out in their ranks… not as a mish mosh…..  There was leadership in place.

The single criticism I have heard most often of B’ney Yosef is that it is not our job to become organized.  The Mashiach, according to general criticism, does everything.  We don’t need to do anything, we simply need to, in the words of another good friend, “decide what flavor ice cream we want.”

While I have long been convinced that the Messiah doesn’t magically snap his fingers and make everything better, I am increasingly understanding that the transition from this age to the Messianic age will require a considerable amount of sweat on our part and a willingness to work.  Hard.  And, that includes the hard work of humbling ourselves and coming together to walk in unity!  And, coming together requires organization.

Following is a terrific article by Ephraim and Rimona Frank about what this transition might look like.  Continue reading “Transitioning from congregations to communities”