May 8 - Torah and Dharma: Exploring Connections between Judaism & Buddhism

Torah and Dharma: Exploring Connections between Judaism & Buddhism
Featuring Rabbi Seth M. Wax.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:30 PM
Congregation Beth Israel
53 Lois Street, North Adam, MA 01267


As a graduate of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton, MA and the recipient of a Master’s Degree in Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School, Rabbi Wax brings to this topic a wide and deep knowledge of both religious traditions. He notes that “for over 100 years Jews in North America have been attracted to Buddhism.” After providing an overview of Buddhism and its unique features, Rabbi Wax will explore some of its interesting connections to Judaism, touching on core beliefs and concepts, the role of mindfulness and meditation, and ways in which the two traditions enrich each other. He at once questions what Buddhism offers to Jews and considers why it is so popular. Discussion will follow.

Rabbi Seth Wax is currently the Jewish Chaplain at Williams College, succeeding Cantor Robert Scherr. He previously served as rabbi at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Co-sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office, Williams College