The Jews of India: What Can We Learn from Them?
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I have already noted Nathan Katz’s description of the Hindu-Jewish encounter as “an ancient encounter that dates back more than two millennia.” Speaking historically, this may be the case.1 Speaking theologically and hence in terms of the relevance of that encounter to Judaism’s present encounter with Hinduism, the ancient encounter may be of little significance. The question, in my opinion, is not whether Judaism and Hinduism encountered each other, but rather what were the parameters of that encounter and what can it teach us today. It seems to me that that particular encounter contributes little to contemporary concerns, though it may bear indirect testimony to positions that may be helpful to the present encounter.
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