These are the three main tensions that we detect in our synagogue nowadays. They have been there throughout our history.
First is the tension of purpose.
Is the purpose of the synagogue to express and address in prayer the needs of the individual Jew - or - the collective agenda of the Jewish people?
Second is the tension of presence.
Is it more urgent for each Jew in the synagogue to focus in prayer his or her presence on the immediate here and now of their experience - or - to transcend their locus and imagine the realms of the heavens above, the times that have past and the future that is yet to come?
Third is the tension of performance.
Is it more apparent that Jews in the synagogue gather together to artfully carry out with aplomb the services of prayers, psalms and bible readings for each other in the four walls of their buildings - or - that they join as one to proclaim with certainty and celebrity the destiny of the God of the people of Israel to be worshiped with no borders throughout the world?
All three tensions are apparent, articulated and addressed right on the surface in the traditional services of the synagogue.
If you have never noticed, then you have not paid attention to the contents of the Jewish prayers.
Perhaps that's because you've been told that the main tensions in your synagogue are...
...whether or not you may converse with your neighbor, whether or not you voted to raise the dues, whether or not you approve of the rabbi's new contract.
Yep, that could be why you didn't notice.