Prof. Yudit Kornberg Greenberg
During Spring and Summer terms of 2017, I plan to complete writing and editing of my forthcoming volume, Dharma and Halacha: Comparative Studies in Hindu and Jewish Philosophy and Religion. This volume is a comparative study of two religious systems and traditions, providing a theoretical framework and drawing compelling parallels between Hinduism and Judaism on topics such textual practices, laws, ethics, and rituals.
My research and writing projects during my affiliation with the Truman Institute are: 1) Expanding a chapter in which I offer a comparison of notions and metaphors of love in the two traditions. In this chapter, I compare the metaphors of human and divine love on the basis of the poetry of the Song of Songs and the Gitagovinda. I will address the manifold cultural tropes therein that contribute to the richness of the cross-cultural study of the languages of love and desire. Furthermore, I will offer case studies of the embodiment and performativity of love in literature, liturgy, art, and music in both traditions. 2) Writing the introduction to the volume. In this chapter, I will highlight the range of topics included in the manuscript and the theoretical framework for the comparative study of the two traditions. I will also evaluate the Hindu-Jewish summits (2007; 2008) and the most recent Asian and Jewish Faith Leaders meeting (2016) in the context of current theories of "interreligious dialogue."