Dr. Ellen D. Haskell
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, 2013
Professor, Religious Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, 2018
The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India
by Rodger Kamenetz
I saw Kamenetz speak about this book and purchased a copy of it shortly after its publication. In it, he provides examples of groups and individuals negotiating the complex global culture in which we live. He does this in a way that is meaningful not only for Jews and Buddhists, but for any reader who wants to live in the world in a thoughtful way.
This book has also followed me throughout my career. One of the scholars in it eventually became a dear teacher and friend. Every few years someone who has also enjoyed the book gives me a new copy. I appreciate it every time.