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Benjamin J. Elton

inclinations, so too they restricted his aesthetic leanings. Although Adler viewed many aspects of the non-Jewish world positively, there were other aspects which, as a traditionalist, he could not approve – for example, faiths other than Judaism. He criticised Greek polytheism as ‘a mythology which could not but corrupt and debase’.116 He blamed Rome’s lack of true religion for its ‘luxury, cruelty and sensuality’.117 These attacks on the classical inheritance were part of the wider debate sparked by Matthew Arnold and the chapter on ‘Hebraism and Hellenism’ in his Culture

in Britain’s Chief Rabbis and the religious character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880–1970