A Jewish Art of Listening?

We’ve been wanting to call your attention to a new book on the interface between Judaism and Buddhism—Rodger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India (HarperSanFrancisco, 1994). The book documents a trek to the Dalai Lama by Jews who wanted to share with him clues about how a people can maintain religion and culture in exile. Two women we know—Blu Greenberg and Joy Levitt—were among the eleven Jews on the journey. In a recent issue of the journal The Reconstructionist, Levitt, a congregational rabbi, describes a most instructive experience on the trip.

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