BH, G-d chose Israel, and Israel chose, well they were supposed to choose G-d, but along came the charlatan rabbis and opted for the Talmud. Don't get me wrong, the Talmud is definitely holy, but it isn't exactly the way to reaching G-d, especially for the vast majority of Jews out there who aren't at all skilled in its ways. The charlatan rabbis built up for themselves a pedestal where they have fortifies their positions in the community, making studying the talmud the measuring stick of achievement, they are guaranteed the security of their authority. Anyone with the slightest sense and honesty can understand and appreciate that for the common man the Talmud has almost no bearing. Even the Rambam who was inclined to philosophy H"Y writes in the introduction to his magnum opus, Yad Hachazaka - Mishna Torah, that the Talmud is really only for very special scholars, and the rest of the nation only needs to know the basic laws, and for this purpose the Rambam compiled his work. The true tzadikim like the Arizal and the Ramchal write explicitly that only if someone is extremely smart and holy should he undertake learning the Gemara, and even such a person should not study it for more than 2 hours a day, someone who is not so smart should not study it at all. Studying the Torah should be for the purpose of revealing G-d in the world and in one's heart and soul, therefore the parts of the Torah which discuss G-d, the parts of the Torah that directly teach how to improve one's self and the world, those are the parts that should be studied. So it is a terrible tragedy that the charlatan rabbis have managed to mislead so many Jews away from H"Y, and have made false goals and ambitions for them. Instead of a Jew yearning to find G-d in a deeper and more meaningful way, to actively seek out good deeds and acts of kindness and charity, - to reach out to the millions of Jews that are assimilating and who definitely have no common ground with the study of the Talmud, and to abnegate themselves to the True Tzadik, the charlatan rabbis have them pridefully caught up proving how intellectual they are, H"Y.