Mina Muraoka

Jewish Brooklyn, Through Japanese Eyes

Despite her distinctly non-Semitic background, a young scholar knows more about Jewish history than most members of the Tribe.

03/06/2012
Editorial Intern

For Jews, sitting in a cramped, clumsily crafted wooden Tabernacle for seven days is simply a cheerful part of the holiday calendar. For Japanese scholar of Jewish history, Mina Muraoka, who had never met a Jew before in her life before arriving in Brooklyn, in 2003, the experience was pleasantly exotic.

Mina Muraoka, a “secular Buddhist” from Japan.
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