Many thanks to Dr. Nathan Katz for contributing this chapter, “An Introduction to Judaism for Hindus” as a wonderful learning resource:

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[from Dr. Katz’s bio on http://indo-judaic.com]

Dr. Katz, Indo-Judaic
Dr. Katz, Indo-Judaic
Dr. Nathan Katz
Dr. Nathan Katz

NATHAN KATZ is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, in the School of International and Public Affairs, Emeritus, at Florida International University (FIU). He was the Founding Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, the Kaufmann Professor of Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration, an affiliated faculty in the College of Medicine, Director of Jewish Studies, and founder and director emeritus of the innovative Program in the Study of Spirituality. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies.

Katz is the author of fifteen books and more than one hundred scholarly and popular articles. He has won four Fulbright awards for research and teaching in South Asia, where he has lived for more than seven years.

Katz’s research spans the religious traditions of South Asia and focuses on Indo-Judaic Studies. He has written or edited fifteen books about Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. His books include a memoir, Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall (2009), Who Are the Jews of India? (2000), which was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, The Last Jews of Cochin: Jewish Identity in Hindu India (co-author, 1993), Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies: Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma (co-author, 1988), and Buddhist Images of Human Perfection (1982).


[Dr. Katz] is editor of an academic journal devoted to exploring the interactions and affinities between Indian and Jewish civilizations, Indo-Judaic Studies. He has been a pioneer in establishing dialogues between Jews and Hindus and Buddhists, on international and local levels.

To see Katz’s publications, click here. For more information about The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, click here.