FullSizeRender (13)The focus of this site is to help expand meaningful dialogue between Hindus and Jews, across the diaspora, and to support Hindu-Jewish /India-Israel alliance efforts by highlighting areas of mutual concern and interest to both groups.  In this way, I will concentrate first on:  (1) sharing out resources that relate to these objectives, and (2) getting up some initial “snapshot” posts and content that provide overviews and outlines as to mutual areas of interest and concern, as well as information that provides background as to the connections between the traditions and people and efforts already underway toward the goal of alliance.

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From there, while continuing to add onto the underlying framework of information and resources, I hope to feature posts of a more editorial bent, too — and will welcome guest commentators to contribute their perspectives and opinions on the issues.

My intent is not to establish “spiritual sameness,” but rather to respect the differences between the two traditions and histories — while supporting their commonalities in values and the shared causes to protect the life and dignity of their people and sacred resources against shared forces of violence and oppression.

 


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Pictured: Suchindrum – a tiny temple village near Kanyakumari has this beautiful chariot (Rath) which is just one of many such chariots with fractal like sculptures adorning them (pictures by Aravindan Neelakandan, https://facebook.com/aravindan.neelakandan/posts/994499657238673)

“Shall India die? Then from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all moral perfection will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and the human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be.”

– Swami Vivekananda

 

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Aerial view of the Temple Mount and its surroundings (image from Israel365.com)

“History did not spoil us with power, wealth, nor with broad territories or an enormous community lot, however, it did grant us the uncommon intellectual and moral virtue, and thus it is both a privilege and an obligation to be a light unto the nations.”

David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel