Rabbi Lewis speaks of “… strolling down the Champs-Elysees, chasing pigeons at Trafalgar Square, wandering the backstreets of Amsterdam after dark.” What about the backstreets of Berlin? Eating wurst in Frankfurt? The beer-halls of Munich? Why are they all absent from the rabbi’s examples of the charms of “the continent that gave birth to Western civilization”? After all, Germany is the largest, richest and strongest country in “the continent that gave birth to Western civilization”.
Then he says: “By most estimates, Europe will be unrecognizable by the middle of this century – crushed by a demographic tsunami. The birthrate of the Brits, the French, the Dutch and the rest of the EU is well below ZPG.” “The rest of the EU” is a clever rhetorical device to avoid the word “Germany”. Because, as clueless as he is, Rabbi Lewis nevertheless knows that it would look a little strange for a rabbi to be lamenting, in a Rosh Hashana sermon to his congregation, the decline of German Christendom.