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The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz
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Sep 06, 2011

Read from July 22 to September 06, 2011

This book is best intended for the Jewish audience. Although the central event is the dialog between Dalai Lama and Jewish leaders, The book describes the current dilemmas in the Jewish community that become apparent in the light of this dialog. The author attempts to explore questions like, why do people choose to leave the Jewish faith, how can we bring all the different denominations to work together (rather than against each other) to resolve current problems, How did spirituality disappear from our practice and how do we get it back in? The author uses a lot of terminology that is mostly available to the Jewish community. Not sure how much someone outside the community can get out of this book. Nevertheless, Kaminski makes a strong argument for rejuvenating Judaism and what this renewal might look like.

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