They were not the first Jewing movements nor will they be the last. Movements ebb and flow, waxing and waning as we flow through time. The movements move or disappear from the face of our Jewish map. The question was asked of me: "What is the future of movements in Judaism?" I am not a master prognosticator. I have no magic wand, well I do, but I haven't figured out how to make it work. I simply look back at the movements called Pharashim, Tzazdokim, Essene, Karaim. The followers of Shabbati Tzvi and the Frankists, Karaites, and Shomronim come to mind. In one way or another they are all around.

We know little of those who have not continued to move, for they seem to have been washed up on the shores of history. Others seem to grow and flow and flourish with the passage of time. There are two constants in the equation. Movements need to move and they need to contribute to the whole. Any movement that can hold to its fluidity no matter how thick the flow, any movement that sees itself as part of something bigger, the Jewing path, that movement will have legs. It will be found moving along the trail that is the Jewing path.

What are the names of the movements to come? I can't say. Will the movements of today be the movements of tomorrow? I can't say. Which movements will survive and which will cease to move? I can't say. What I can say is this:  The key has always been and will always be: "Does your movement move?" "Does your co-op contribute to the tribal path?" If so, it will be around when next this question is asked.

 

Rabbi Bahir Davis studied at various yeshivas in the United States and Israel and holds two Smichot (ordination certificates); one signed by rabbis from many branches of Judaism, including the late Rabbi Alexander Schindler (zt'l), past President of the Union of Reform Judaism, and another from the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Reb Bahir is a Maggid (storyteller) in the best tradition of Jewish storytelling and is known for his vibrant humor and imagery.

Reb Bahir refuses to be connected with any one movement, preferring to serve the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. He is the spiritual leader of Rocky Mountain Hai based in Lafayette, Colorado.