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Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions (review)

Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions (review) Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions, by Judith Linzer. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996. 366 pp. $30.00 This important study is the first and only systematic longitudinal phenomenological record of the contemporary Jewish New Age encounter with spiritual practices of Asian derivation. It surveys and articulates the variety of relationships which Jewish Americans have developed as a result of their involvements with spiritual schools derived from Buddhism and Hinduism. Linzer's research provides a much-needed framework for organizing and scaling our discourse about the Jewish search for spirituality in the New Age context. Linzer's purpose is "to explore in depth the unique experiences of American Jews who have practiced either Judaism or a neo-Oriental religion and then have 'crossed over' and begun practicing the opposite of what they were originally practicing" (pp. 2-3). The first section of the book contains an analysis of interviews with the participants. The second part presents reflections on themes that emerged from the interview data. Linzer's work is not a study of the dialogue between two or more civilization~ or religions. Instead, Linzer examines the personal and religious development of individuals. She looks at the dominant themes that were significant to people http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions (review)

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Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions, by Judith Linzer. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996. 366 pp. $30.00 This important study is the first and only systematic longitudinal phenomenological record of the contemporary Jewish New Age encounter with spiritual practices of Asian derivation. It surveys and articulates the variety of relationships which Jewish Americans have developed as a result of their involvements with spiritual schools derived from Buddhism and Hinduism. Linzer's research provides a much-needed framework for organizing and scaling our discourse about the Jewish search for spirituality in the New Age context. Linzer's purpose is "to explore in depth the unique experiences of American Jews who have practiced either Judaism or a neo-Oriental religion and then have 'crossed over' and begun practicing the opposite of what they were originally practicing" (pp. 2-3). The first section of the book contains an analysis of interviews with the participants. The second part presents reflections on themes that emerged from the interview data. Linzer's work is not a study of the dialogue between two or more civilization~ or religions. Instead, Linzer examines the personal and religious development of individuals. She looks at the dominant themes that were significant to people

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1999

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