Avi Safran's intolerance - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • David
    • 21.11.13 | 20:56 (IST)

    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.

    from the article: Isn't it ironic: When U.S. Jews celebrate Hanukkah
    First published 15:50 21.11.13 | Last updated 15:50 21.11.13
Haaretz Headlines
An evening of song and unity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Bayit

Has Orthodox Judaism in U.S. reached breaking point?

The most influential Jewish community in America is in deep crisis. Will the different streams of Modern Orthodoxy go their separate ways? A special report from New York.

A Turkish Air Force fighter jet, August 13, 2015.

Turkey joins U.S.-led strikes on ISIS for first time

'Our jets started last night to carry out air operations with coalition forces against ISIS targets in Syria,' Foreign Ministry statement says.

Illustration by Netalie Ron-Raz

Road to civil marriage runs through same-sex divorce

In Israel, even Jewish couples who were married outside of the country can only be granted a divorce by the Rabbinate. Thus, same-sex couples who wish to separate find themselves in a legal lacuna.

Illustration

'Amud': A pole of good standing

StreetWise Hebrew Podcast | Guy Sharett teaches us the important words with the root 'omed,' in all of their glorious meanings.