All I can do is tell you the following true story:
When Rabbi Meir Leibush Malbim arrived in Bucharest as its chief rabbi (and I believe chief rabbi of all Romania), the city's "progressive" Jewish population was excited that a Hebrew grammarian and Biblical thinker would take the post. They were quite dismayed to find that despite Rabbi Malbim's outside-the-box Bible commentary, his ritual observances were quite traditional. One year they sent him mishloach manos containing pork and crabs, with a note:
We, the Enlightened population of Bucharest, hereby send our choicest delicacies to our esteemed chief rabbi.
Rabbi Malbim responded by sending a small copy of a portrait of himself:
Gentleman, thanks for the picture of you; here's one of me.