Thought-provoking explorations of the relationship between psychoanalysis and Judaism, which investigate themes of tradition, forgiveness, hysteria, the body, unconscious communication, religious experience, trauma, anti-Semitism, and victimization. Based on the hugely successful Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis lecture series, it contains contributions from Eli Zaretsky, Stephen Frosh, Sander L. Gilman, Marsha Aileen Hewitt, Eran Rolnik, Ruth Calderon, and Harvey Schwartz.
Freud’s relationship with his Judaism – his by virtue of his self- description as a “fanatical Jew” – was framed by two of his convictions. He was centered both by his passionate cultural affiliation and by his atheism. Within these internal guideposts lay a Jewish life layered by tensions, pleasures, and identifications. His creation – psychoanalysis – has labored to honor its Jewish influences. Recent studies of these insights have contributed to the current interest in listening more carefully to the individual meanings of analysands’ religious life.
This lecture series was designed to introduce to the public both the similarities and the differences between the psychoanalytic and the Jewish world views. The contributors are among the thought leaders of our generation who work at the interface of the intrapsychic and religious states of mind. We learn how each has influenced the other and perhaps how each has been enriched by the other.
A tour de force delving into the influence of Freud’s Jewish roots on the development of psychoanalysis.
Table of Contents:
About the editor and contributors
Insight and tradition: The Enlightenment, psychoanalysis, and the Jews
Forgiveness in Judaism and psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud, the Jewish body, and hysteria
Sander L. Gilman
Unconscious communication, psychoanalysis, and religious experience
Marsha Aileen Hewitt
Psychoanalysis in Israel: Trauma, anti-Semitism, and victimization
A Talmudist and a psychoanalyst encounter a Talmud tale
Ruth Calderon and Harvey Schwartz
About the Author:
Dr Harvey Schwartz is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE), affiliated with the New York University School of Medicine, and at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. He is the immediate past chair of the Certification Examination Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Psychoanalysis. He serves as the chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Health committee. He is a contributor to and (co)editor of four books including Psychodynamic Concepts in General Psychiatry and Illness in the Analyst: Implications for the Treatment Relationship. He is the founder of the Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis lecture series and website.