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Rodger Kamenetz
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Rodger Kamenetz, the author of The Jew in the Lotus and The History of Last Night's Dream, lives in New Orleans where he works as a dream therapist . Burnt Books a dual biography of Franz Kafka and Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, from Schocken Books/Nextbook will release in October. His website is,

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The Big Dream of Passover

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:10 AM

I spent Passover of 2001 in Dharamsala, India, the exile capital of Tibet.* I have shared Seders with Tibetan sages and the Dalai Lama, but a young Tibetan kitchen worker asked a question that I think about every year. Peeling potatoes with my friend Donna Mussarra, he wanted to know...

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The Angel of New Orleans Meets the Angel of Tibet: Welcoming the Dalai Lama, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 10:55 AM

From a talk given at Temple Sinai in New Orleans on May 9, 2013. This is part two in a series. Read part one.

Your Holiness, when you did dialogue with Jewish teachers in Dharamsala, there were two exchanges. One was people to people, about a shared...

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Welcoming the Dalai Lama to New Orleans, a City Still Rebuilding

(24) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:51 AM

From a talk given at Temple Sinai in New Orleans on May 9, 2013. This is part one in a series.

The Dalai Lama has come to New Orleans. If I were to speak with him, this is what I might say.

Your Holiness, you are coming to...

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Passover and Trauma

(10) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 8:16 PM

Every year for the past 2000 years, Jews all over the world celebrated Passover by gathering for a ceremonial meal. We tell our children the story of how we were slaves in Egypt. Why would a group of people remember their trauma in this way? Most people would prefer not...

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Why Holy Books Can't Really Be Burnt

(11) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 12:20 PM

Moral idiots can be useful irritants, so maybe the Florida pastor who wants to burn Korans isn't all bad. He got me thinking about the great shift to e-books. That technology may finally end the long tragic history of book burning, from the library of Alexandria to the Nazi pyres....

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Kafka Manuscripts: The Fight Over Kafka

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 1:11 PM

In a bank vault in staid Zurich an episode of high literary drama unfolded recently. A safety deposit box was opened and inside was revealed a handwritten manuscript of a story by Franz Kafka. At that same moment, an Israeli woman named Eve Hoffe ran into the bank building seeking...

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