My fear now – and it was a fear back then, expressed by others – is that all the talk about politics has chased away the spiritual seekers. Our communities are now dominated by folks whose primary interest is politics, and who, by sensibility, gravitate more toward political discussions than theological talk. Our spiritual seekers have sought and found other places: Eastern religions, or Christianity, or the inchoate “none of the above” attracting many young Americans. Synagogues have become political discussion groups. Deep religious discourse happens elsewhere.
Philip Graubart, “The Victory of Politics Over Spirituality”, The Times of Israel (28 January 2015) [http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-victory-of-politics-over-spirituality/]