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The Encounter within: Hinduism and Configurations of Jewish Identity

  • Alon Goshen-Gottstein
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Abstract

The present encounter with India and with Hinduism provides us with unique opportunities to examine the challenges and opportunities related to identity and the making or keeping of boundaries between two communities.1 There are several aspects that make the present encounter with Hinduism unique, compared with other encounters that Judaism has known in relation to other religions. It is precisely the uniqueness of the present encounter that allows us to consider it a test case, through which fundamental questions related to identity formation and maintenance, in relation to another religion, can be worked out.2

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