With the functional constriction of Jewish law to the ritual, it is easy to relegate Torah and, with it, our sense of sanctification, to the ritual. Such is a great loss. Recognizing sanctification as not only separation but also elevation may help us see the possibility of pursuing sanctification throughout our lives. In other words, the legal constriction produced by history should not become a spiritual one as well.
Jonathan R. Cohen, Judaism without Ordinary Law: Toward a Broader View of Sanctification, 71 The Reconstructionist 50 (2006), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/776/