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    Eastern religions – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. I know why Judaism disagrees with Christianity and Islam, but what does it say about Buddhism and Hinduism?

    A. It rejects the negativism of Buddhism, the idea that you and I and the entire universe are nothing: When something in life goes wrong we cannot handle it or respond; we can only withdraw.

    As against Buddhism, which in most versions is a non-theistic “way”, Judaism is a way of life given by and answerable to the Creator God.

    In regard to Hinduism, one of our major problems is not that it lacks a god but that it has too many of them. Judaism regards it as idolatrous despite its moral principles.

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