The respective approaches to ontology and epistemology of the Jews and the Greeks were not so much diametrically opposed, indeed they were not, as they were irreconcilable.
The Greeks opined that the universe was essentially rationally and logically ordered and operated according to rational and logical laws that could be apprehended by anyone possessing an orderly, logical and rational mind; irrespective of whether the person was of noble or ignoble character.
The Jews knew that the universe is essentially moral, guided by essentially moral principles and could thus only be comprehended by those of high moral achievement, each in direct proportion to his or her individual moral achievement, based on the conscious undertaking to grow ever more moral.
Judaism certainly recognizes that astronomical numbers of bits of data (cheekily but aptly called "factoids" nowadays) can be accumulated using rationality and logic and empirical observation alone and one can amass a good deal of know-how based on the principle of the mother of necessity being the mother of invention. But we Jews know that without moral aptitude the implications of the data mined cannot be understood properly and the principles cannot be applied wisely and well. Without moral excellence one cannot advance beyond the level of the proverbial butterfly collector.
Another difference between the Jews and the Greeks is that our approach to learning admits of no dichotomy between the linguistic and the mathematical, as Hebrew is an alpha-numerical language. No reading is possible in Hebrew without calculation.
Indeed, the study of mathematics by Jews was not only undertaken to the purpose of serving Humankind, Kabbalah, that is true Kabbalah, is naught but the study of moral mathematics, as I have elucidated and elaborated upon in many of my writings. As the study of moral mathematics is so very foreign to the gentile mind, it is no wonder that they perceive it as some kind of "witchcraft".
Jews never studied mathematics abstracted from the moral principles that underlie the numbers and the names of the numbers and the relations between and among numbers. The Nobel Prize awarded to Prof. Yisrael (Robert J.) Aumann and our historical proven aptitude in mathematics notwithstanding, Jews are discouraged from undertaking the study of "theoretical mathematics". We learn, as I said, the Kabbalah – the study of moral mathematical-linguistics, not gentile mathematics.
With the advent of the "scientific method" it appeared, for awhile, that the approach to ontology and epistemology of the Greeks had proven to be the correct one and the approach of the Jews to knowledge and being receded and was temporarily eclipsed. This optical delusion [sic] was exacerbated in the minds of secular scientists by the bizarre and dark mysticism of the Christians, which was often attributed to the Jews as well because Christianity, possessing no validity on its own, was compelled to refer obsessively to Judaism in its vain attempt to reassure itself that it stood on some basis other than pagan debauchery, human sacrifice and drug-induced hallucination.
However, it did not take long before scientists, glamoured and enamoured with their own minds and growing ever more megalomaniacal with every seeming scientific victory over nature, soon descended into moral depravity and today the world has the Greeks to thank for such horrors as transhumanism, mind control experimentation, Big Phrama and the Hadron Collider – all of which adheres to the strictest rigors of mathematical analysis of scientific method even as it is increasingly morally deranged.
Is the gentile world slowly, reluctantly coming to the conclusion that they Jews have been right all along?
Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel