Scholar Rabbi Alan Brill will explore a variety of Jewish meditation techniques in comparison to Hinduism – especially the philosophies of Yoga and Tantra – with particular interest in similar meditations between the two traditions, including candle and lights, equanimity, mantra, visualizing great beings, and reaching Nothingness.
Rabbi Alan Brill is the Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the graduate program. He is the author of Thinking God: The Mysticism of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin (2002), Judaism and Other Religions: Models Of Understanding (2010), and Judaism and World Religions (2012). Dr. Brill received his BA, MA, and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD from Fordham University. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar awardee to research and teach at Banares Hindu University in Varanasi, India. Dr. Brill just completed a book tentatively entitled Rabbi on The Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter. He is active in the Jewish interfaith encounter with Catholics, Muslims, and Hindus.