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Abraham Heschel in God in Search of Man (1955) writes: ”Providence may some day create a situation which would place us between the river Jordan and the river Ganges, and the problem of such an encounter will be different from that which Jewish thought underwent when meeting with Greek philosophy.” (p. 15). We do not know if this is the act of providence, but the interest in the religions of the far East (especially Hinduism and Buddhism) among contemporary Jewish thinkers and the amount of research on the subject indicate that the problem and challenge of this fruitful encounter are already present. In this seminar, we will discuss the approaches of Leo Beck, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and others to Buddhism and Hinduism in light of contemporary research.
The Seminar will be conducted in English.
Reading materials are available in Moodle: https://moodle2.uni-potsdam.de/course/view.php?id=28499
Meeting ID: 611 6618 2275
Adin Steinsaltz, "Peace without Conciliation: The Irrelevance of "Toleration" in Judaism." Common Knowledge, Vol. 11:1 (2005), pp. 41-47.
Alan Brill, Judaism and World Religions: Encountering Christianity, Islam and Eastern Traditions, New York 2012.
Ales Weiss, ”Buddhism as a Tool of Polemic and Self-Definition among German Rabbis in the 19th and early 20th Century.” PaRDeS. Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien e.V. 23 (2017), pp. 73-93.
Alon Goshen-Gottstein, The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism: Wisdom, Spirituality, Identity, New York 2016.
Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Same God, Other god Judaism, Hinduism, and the Problem of Idolatry, New York 2016.
Barbara A. Holdrege, Veda and Torah: Transcending the textuality of scripture, New York 1996.
Bibhuti S. Yadav, ”Buddhism on Rosenzweig.” The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, 1 (1998), pp. 13-30.
David Flusser, "Abraham and the Upanishads." in Hananya Goodman (ed.) Between Jerusalem and Benares. New York 1994, pp. 33-40.
David Gordon White, The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography, New York 2014.
Erich Fromm, Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism, London 1960.
Franz Rosenzweig, The Star of Redemption, Trans. B. Galli, Wisconsin 2005.
Hanoch Ben Pazi, ”Rosenzweig between East and West: Restoration of India and China in The Star of Redemption.” RUDN Journal of Philosophy, vol. 24, 3. (2020), pp. 362-378.
Ithamar Theodor, "Dharma and Halacha Reflections on Hindu and Jewish Ethics." in Dharma and Halacha comparative studies in Hindu-Jewish philosophy and religion (2018), pp. 73-91.
Leo Baeck, The Essence of Judaism, New York 1948.
Martin Buber, On Judaism: An Introduction to the Essence of Judaism, Nahum Glatzer (ed.), New York 1967.
Martin Buber, Ecstatic Confessions. The Heart of Mysticism, Esther Cameron (trans.), New York 1985.
Miriam Dean-Otting, ”Hugo Bergman, Leo Baeck and Martin Buber: Jewish Perspectives on Hinduism and Buddhism.” Journal of Indo- Judaic Studies, 1, 2 (1999), pp. 7-26.
Ronen Pinkas, ”Between the Jordan River and the Ganges: On Karma and the Biblical Principle Measure for Measure: A Discussion on the Premises of A Comparative Theological Encounter.” Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah 84 (2017), pp. 443-474 [Hebrew].
Sebastian Musch, Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture: Between Moses and Buddha, 1890-1940, Cham 2019.
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