The biggest button this exercise pushed for me was that I knew my answer would be different depending on who I was "promoting" this vision to. The Methodist pastor down the street is a much different audience/conversation partner than the elders in the synagogue. I want to be able to speak to people where they are. And then I realized that this very desire to meet people where they are, in their own particularity, is a big part of my vision of Judaism. So, in my bristliness, I wrote the following:
"Judaism in general" is not my Judaism. In a society which consistently promotes breadth over depth and which (not illegitimately) holds abstraction, depersonalization, and problem-solving as the keys to efficiency and "progress," Judaism by its very particularity allows and urges people to connect, to deepen, to integrate, to wrestle, and to wonder. Judaism says: Take your sweet, odd, particular self, take this strange and wondrous Torah, these challenging traditions and rituals and turn them, turn them as you grow in seriously playful relationship with self and Other, with uncertainty, contradiction, and Mystery.