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The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz
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Dec 04, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: those interested in religion
Read in November, 2008

It was fascinating to learn that traditional Jewish mysticism has many concepts and practices similar to those in Buddhism. Maybe all deeply developed mysticisms have such similiaries. However, when Kamenetz seems to argue that what will "save" Judaism in the contemporary world is a new infusion of mysticism... well, I don't know. This seems both simplistic and extremely unlikely to occur (mainstream Judaism becoming highly mystical), and are we so sure that Judaism, which has many varied and vital expressions (from secular to Reform to Conservative to Reconstructionist to Orthodox) needs saving? I guess Kamenetz is talking about "losing" Jews who renounce Judaism as too this-worldly--but I can't really get all worked up about that. Every religion or philosophy or practice has its basic form, and is not going to suit everyone born into it.
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Ann M Same with Catholic mysticism. There is a definite mystical thread, and it is also similar in some ways to Buddhism (Zen Buddhist ex-Catholic here), but I don't think it would appeal to most Catholics.

Pamela Interesting to know....
(Jew dabbling in Tibetan Buddhism here)

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