There is NO doubt that 'modernization' of civilization held more than enough seductive qualities to erase half of the Jewish population to assimilation and wanting to be 'like the rest of the world'..meaning, the west. Israelis should take note of the number of Americans (like myself) that have made or are making Aliyah. Secular life in America is a farce: an empty quest for self-gratification, PERIOD. Secular society has NO potential to make a person a better human being, NONE. But our "culture", our religion, in the most minute form, DOES. The arguement is not about keeping Shabbat. Its about...why people don't want to. The answer is simple: an easy, lazy life to do whatever you want, whenever you want. How good of a person can that make you?
German authorities accused of playing down refugee shelter sex crime reports (Reuters)
from the article: Former Shas leader: Secular Jews brought us 'Big Brother'