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Sunday, February 16 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter

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Currently, Jewish works know little of Indian Religions. For some non-academic Jews, Indian religions are still understood using the categories of Talmudic understanding of idolatry. Neither side understands much about the other one and its living reality. I recently spent a Sabbatical in India encountering Hinduism from within the Brahmin world and teaching Judaism in India. Join us as we explore the commonalities in priestly rituals, purity, as well as tantra, meditation, and text study. Classical Jewish texts like Talmud and Kabbalah look very different when juxtaposed to Mimamsa, Nyaya, Purana, and Dharmaśāstra literature and the commentaries. I focused on the commonalities between the jnana and Torah study, karmakanda and Jewish ritual, along with meditation and the life of prayer and Kabbalah This talk will be a model of how what is first seen as completely other and foreign, can, with asking the proper questions and an appropriate lens, be appreciated on its own terms and create a space for a shared spiritual language of understanding. Yet, my lens will remain my Jewish Rabbinic lens that colors what I see and look for in explaining Hinduism to my Jewish audience.

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Alan Brill

Professor, Seton Hall University
Rabbi Prof Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the Department of Religion and the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. He specializes in interfaith theology, Jewish mysticism... Read More →

Sunday February 16, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST