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Rodger Kamenetz (born 1950) is an American poet and author. He was born in Baltimore and educated at Yale, Stanford and Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in New Orleans and holds a dual appointment as Professor of English and Professor of Religious Studies at LSU. He is a LSU Distinguished Professor and Erich and Lea Sternberg Honors Professor. He also works as a certified dream therapist.

He is best known as the author of The Jew in the Lotus (Harper San Francisco, 1994) which is the authoritative account of the historic dialogue between rabbis and the Dalai Lama. It is an international best seller. A new "plus" edition released in 2007 includes an afterword, bringing the story of the dialogue up to date.

His "Stalking Elijah" (Harper, 1997) received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought in 1997. In fall 2007, Harper One published "The History of Last Night's Dream" which explores the spiritual possibilities of dreaming from Genesis to now. Oprah Winfrey interviewed the author about the book in a two part XM radio broadcast, "Soul Series", in August 2008. The material was subsequently webcast.

Schocken/Nextbook Press is publishing "Burnt Books" in October 2010. It is a dual biography of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka.

In 1996, after a personal meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, Rodger Kamenetz worked with the Interfaith Action Network of the International Campaign to free the young Panchen Lama from Chinese detainment. The world's youngest prisoner of conscience, Panchen Lama's eighth birthday fell during the first week of Passover. Struck by this coincidence, Kamenetz created a nationwide campaign of Passover Seders for Tibet, uniting the Jewish memory of slavery and oppression in Egypt long ago with the lack of religious freedom in today's Tibet under Chinese rule. A special seder was held in Washington D.C. on April 24, 1997 and attended by the Dalai Lama as well as numerous U.S. dignitaries, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. The seder, as well as Kamenetz's visit with the Dalai Lama was featured in a 1999 documentary, The Jew in the Lotus, which was broadcast on PBS.

In a letter to Seder participants, the Dalai Lama wrote, "In our dialogue with rabbis and Jewish scholars, the Tibetan people have learned about the secrets of Jewish spiritual survival in exile: one secret is the Passover seder. Through it for 2000 years, even in very difficult times, Jewish people remember their liberation from slavery to freedom and this has brought you hope in times of difficulty. We are grateful to our Jewish brothers and sisters for adding to their celebration of freedom the thought of freedom for the Tibetan people."

His books of poetry include "The Lowercase Jew" (Northwestern, 2003) and "The Missing Jew: New and Selected Poems" (Time Being, 1991).

Kamenetz is married to Moira Crone a novelist and short story writer. He is the father of Anya Kamenetz, also an author.

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Total Books: 26
To Die Next To You
2013 - To Die Next to You (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781926616506
ISBN-10: 1926616502
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Burnt Books Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka
2010 - Burnt Books Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka [Jewish Encounters] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780805242577
ISBN-10: 0805242570
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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The History of Last Night's Dream Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul
The Jew in the Lotus A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India
2007 - The Jew in the Lotus a Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India [Plus] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780061367397
ISBN-10: 0061367397
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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The Lowercase Jew
2003 - The Lowercase Jew (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780810151512
ISBN-10: 0810151510
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Terra Infirma A Memoir of My Mother's Life in Mine
Terra Infirma  A Memoir of My Mother's Life in Mine
Stalking Elijah  Adventures with Today's Jewish Mystical Masters
1998 - Stalking Elijah Adventures with Today's Jewish Mystical Masters (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060642327
ISBN-10: 0060642327
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Stuck Poems Midlife
1997 - Stuck Poems Midlife (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781568090320
ISBN-10: 1568090323
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Stalking Elijah Adventures With Today's Jewish Mystical Masters
1997 - Stalking Elijah Adventures with Today's Jewish Mystical Masters (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780060642310
ISBN-10: 0060642319
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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The Jew in the Lotus A Poet's Re-Discovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India
The Missing Jew New and Selected Poems
1992 - The Missing Jew New and Selected Poems (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781877770562
ISBN-10: 1877770566
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Missing Jew
Missing Jew (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780931848292
ISBN-10: 0931848296
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Nympholepsy
Nympholepsy (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780931848667
ISBN-10: 0931848660
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Terra Infirma
Terra Infirma (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780938626541
ISBN-10: 093862654X
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Le Juif Dans Le Lotus Des Rabbins Chez Les Lamas
Le Juif Dans Le Lotus Des Rabbins Chez Les Lamas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782702125762
ISBN-10: 270212576X
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