One quote from the book that stood out:
To tell this story, I would also have to talk about the crass materialism that snaked its way around New York Orthodoxy and the anti-intellectualism of the community. My five closest friends in college were the most intellectually capricious people on earth, but many of the other Orthodox Jews at Columbia were the worst breed of intellectually insular, mastering just enough knowledge to scatter their dinner party conversations with references to Freud or Kant, never mastering any more than that. I would have to talk about those things to tell the story of my leaving Judaism.Of course not all Jews are materialistic and anti-intellectual. But have to admit my sympathies with this viewpoint, especially when I look around my neighborhood replete with nail salons, high-budget shoe stores, multi-million dollar homes, etc. and local newspapers advertising programs that promise college degrees in as little as 18 months. Is this the “am chacham v’navon” which should attract the admiration of the outside world? Perhaps I am being too harsh – your thoughts?