"This is a truly fascinating book-- a challenging, candid, funny, poignant chapter in the education of a man who thought his religion had stopped speaking to his generation. Rodger Kamenetz is a perfect observer of the exemplary drama enacted in the sky-high kingdom of Dharamsala. An undaunted interpreter of complexities and contradictions, not only does he present a spectrum of Jews of profoundly different styles and Buddhists desperate to preserve the Tibetan way against painful odds, but he also conveys quite memorably the intricate inner lives of the Jewish Buddhists who cross forbidden lines, obliterate distinctions, insist they can be more than one thing at a time without loss. I found every page of The Jew in the Lotus enlightening and engrossing. It should be required reading for those of us who, like the author, have a stake in understanding who we are, whose history resonates with ours, and who we could become if we chose to."
-ROSELLEN BROWN, novelist, author of Before and After, Civil Wars, and Tender Mercies.
"This fascinating tale of two worlds, the Jewish and the Tibetan, is also a profound discussion of religion, exile, and survival in our time. Rodger Kamenetz has written a spiritual adventure story that brings to life the mystery of connections between seemingly different gods. But this is also a poetic manifesto calling for the creative re-thinking of religion and ritual."
Andrei Codrescu, poet and NPR commentator