...If you're traveling somewhere in the world and you want to know if American culture has reached that place, don't look for an American flag. Look instead for McDonalds "Golden Arches."
Imagine: There are places in the world today where Levi jeans sell on the black market for 200 dollars. Croatia is starting to produce basketball players talented enough to be NBA All-Stars. And somewhere behind the Great Wall of China, countless teenagers are lining up for pirated CDs of rap music.
The Greeks would have been awfully jealous because this is exactly what they were trying to do with their culture. They wanted their philosophy, entertainment, arts, literature, theater and athletic games to become the defining elements for peoples' lives everywhere.
The Greeks were different from other empires. They didn't want your land, your resources or your riches. They wanted your mind.
And the Jews weren't willing to give that up!
AND YOU KNOW WHAT? WE'RE STILL NOT!
Assimilation. Swallowing us up whole and turning us into one of them. Today it's called Judeo-Xianity. And wouldn't you know it, the symbol they use to represent their side of the equation is the GREEK ICHTHUS (fish). But what the heh... Their Bible is GREEK, too!
THE JUDEO-XIAN SYMBOL OF "THE ONE NEW MAN"
"...There is a great need today for the two parts of the Body - Jew and Gentile - to come together, yes! There is a great need for the divide between Jewish and Gentile believing people to come into unity and fellowship as "ONE NEW MAN" in Christ."
Even if they change their tactics and pretend to want to be joining with us, we won't be fooled. Their Bible is not OUR TORAH and their god is not OUR G-D.
They might refer to him as "The G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." They might call him "Hashem," chas v'chalilah! But there is no question where their loyalty lies and it is as foreign to Judaism as Hellenism was in the time of the Chashmonayim.
LISTEN TO THEIR RECITATION OF THE HOLY WORDS OF THE SHEMA. (Click on #5 out of the menu of the "Sabbath blessings" applet.)
These are the people who have been visiting the yishuvim and giving gifts to the settlers and Gush Katif "refugees." These are the people that the LIKUD is promising to allow the privilege of "aliyah." We have no commonality with them. Not THEN and not NOW!
Calling all Maccabees to the battle!!