I find it amusing that he tries to delegitmize Hellenistic culture. It is, after all, the root of which Western civilization stands. My answer is, judge it by the results. Look at the philosophical, scientific and political progress(of which democracy is the apex) and tell me, is Hellenistic culture merely the pursuit of instant pleasures? Avi is either ignorant or bigoted towards it. It's true that its universalism is at odds with Jewish culture. But as great as we want Maimonaides to be, he stands no chance against Plato or Socrates or Aristotle. The primary reason why assimilation happens is that Jews have been given a choice, they are no longer forced by the outside world to be Jewish. And if Avi and his narrowminded was attractive, he would have found more American Jews receptive to his message. He now blames them and the general culture but perhaps he should be a little self-critical and ask if what he is offering is really that much nobler. Judging by the achievements; not really.
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