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Ithamar Theodor is senior lecturer of Hindu studies at Zefat Academic College and director of the Hindu-Jewish Studies Program at The University of Haifa. His most recent book is The Fifth Veda in Hinduism; Philosophy, Poetry and Devotion in the Bhagavata Purana (2016).
Yudit Kornberg Greenberg is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell endowed chair of religion, and founding director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College. Her most recent book is The Body in Religion: Crosscultural Perspectives (2017).
Yudit Kornberg Greenberg - Introduction
Part I Ritual and Sacrifice
Rachel Fell McDermott and Daniel Polish - Image Worship and Sacrifice: Legitimacy, Illegitimacy, and Theological Debate.
Tracy Pintchman - Shakthi Garbha as Ark of the Covenant at an American Hindu Goddess Temple.
Phillipe Bornet - Working towards a More Perfect World: Hospitality and Domestic Practices in Indian and Jewish Normative Texts.
Part II Ethics
Ithamar Theodor - Dharma and Halacha: Reflections on Hindu and Jewish Ethics.
Aaron Gross - Humane Subjects and Eating Animals: Comparing Implied Anthropologies in Jewish and Jain Dietary Practice.
Purushottama Bilimoria - Animal Justice and Moral Mendacity
Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia - Lethal Wives and Impure Widows: The Widow Marriage Taboo in Jewish and Hindu Law and Lore.
Part III Theology
Yudit Kornberg Greenberg - Reading Eros, Sacred Place, and Divine Love in the Gītāgovinda and Shir-Ha-Shirim.
Paul Martin - On the Comparative Realization of Aesthetic Consciousness in Kabbalah and Tantra.
Thomas A. Forsthoefel - The Guru and the Zaddik and the Testimony of the Holy Ones.
Daniel Sperber - On the AUM and the Tetragrammaton
Barbara Holdrege - Hindu-Jewish Encounters—Whence, Whither, and Why?: Theorizing Embodied Communities in the Academy and Beyond.
About the Contributors
This is a very welcome volume, the first edited collection of comparisons of Hinduism and Judaism since Hananya Goodman’s pioneering 1994 book (Goodman 1994). It is welcome because of its range and the quality of the contributors’ scholarship, and also because there are many fewer book-length studies than one might imagine. . . . this is a very well done and important work that will advance its field significantly. I recommend it highly for scholars, students, and other interested persons.— Journal of Dharma Studies
This is a fine collection of essays on an important topic. Hindu-Jewish (and Indian-Israeli) connections are timely and significant. I recommend this work and congratulate Professor Theodor and Professor Greenberg on this pioneering effort.— Nathan Katz, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Florida International University
Chapter by chapter, this edited collection reconstructs categories and unsettles assumptions that have long dominated how we imagine religion. The scholars included here lay out thoughtful, focused comparative studies of Hindu and Jewish ritual, ethics, and theology. Along the way, they de-center European and Northern American approaches to religion, engaging scholars from around the world. This is the globalization of the study of religion: rich data, diverse scholarly voices, and expansive frameworks that lead to new insights concerning the human religious experience.— Kathryn McClymond, Georgia State University
Scholars who still think of comparisons between Hinduism and Jewish as unlikely, will find this volume a convincing argument for the possibility of comparisons. The book offers an important contribution to the growing field of Hindu-Jewish studies with many diverse and insightful articles, several of them opening up new avenues of research. The overviews of the field and full bibliographies make the volume a resource guide and suitable for classrooms.— Alan Brill, Cooperman/Ross Endowed Professor, Seton Hall University
The book Dharma and Halacha:Comparative Studies in Hindu-Jewish Philosophy and Religion, which brings together thirteen scholars who compare various aspects of Judaism and Hinduism, is a recent and welcome addition in this enduring effort and is guaranteed to educate readers not only about others’ religion but also about their own.— Reading Religion