As Jews we want to improve ourselves, our communities and the world. That’s our calling. Perhaps that’s why some very fine people, including many articles and comments on Beyond BT, scrutinize our people and institutions in search of improvement.
It’s a noble cause, but the downside is that we get caught in a failure narrative. Kiruv is failing. Our communities are failing. Our spiritual connection is failing. Our educational institutions are failing. Our resource allocation is failing. We do acknowledge the successes, but it seems the overriding narrative is one of failing people and failing institutions.
Can we improve without the failure narrative?
Is finding failure the Torah viewpoint?
Can giving the benefit of the doubt and judging favorable apply to communities and institutions?
Should we emphasize the successes or is that just a rose-colored-glasses view?