Answering A Question With A Question

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In the Jewish tradition, it is incumbent upon every generation to attempt to fi nd meaning in its history. Meaning is co-created within the context of the inter-subjective fi eld of a meeting of minds. Psychoanalysis, in some respects like the Jewish tradition from which it emerged, represents a body of thought about man's relation to himself and to others, and places great value on the infl uence of memory, narrative, and history in creating meaning within the dyadic relationship of analyst and patient. In ...
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Overview

In the Jewish tradition, it is incumbent upon every generation to attempt to fi nd meaning in its history. Meaning is co-created within the context of the inter-subjective fi eld of a meeting of minds. Psychoanalysis, in some respects like the Jewish tradition from which it emerged, represents a body of thought about man's relation to himself and to others, and places great value on the infl uence of memory, narrative, and history in creating meaning within the dyadic relationship of analyst and patient. In "Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought," Editors, Aron and Henik, have brought together an international collection of contemporary scholars and clinicians to address the interface and mutual influence of
Jewish thought and modern psychoanalysis.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Long overdue, this sumptuous anthology of recent writings on the multiple interconnections between Judaism and contemporary psychoanalysis is endlessly illuminating. The range is indeed broad, from theology (God, of course), to biblical narratives (the Garden of Eden narrative), to ritual (shiva) on one side, and from Freud (of course) to Winnicott and Stephen Mitchell on the other. The scholarship is both impeccable and accessible to the general reader. A major contribution to both fields."
â?”Dr. Neil Gillman, Aron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Emeritus Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

"Freud famously had one foot in fin de siecle Vienna and the other in the world of his fellow Jews. His ambivalence about the gap between the Greco-Christian intellectual tradition of secular Vienna and his own Rabbinic tradition has been amply explored and documented. In this rich and original book, Aron and Henik bring these issues into the present. In keeping with relational and post-modern precepts, their effort is dialogic and intertextual; that is, it is not about Freud’s dilemma, but rather about exploring and extending contemporary mutual influences. Brilliant and enlightening, this book represents a wide and impressive spectrum of scholarship and will be of great value to anyone interested in the interface between Judaism, psychoanalysis and culture. So, what’s not to like?"
â?”Edgar Levenson, MD Fellow Emeritus, Training and Supervisory Analyst and Faculty, William Alanson White Institute

"Lewis Aron and Libby Henik have edited a fresh and intellectually challenging collection of essays. Each contributor has original insights into the history and practice of psychoanalysis, the fascinating question of Freud’s Jewishness, and the role of psychoanalysis in modern Jewish self-understanding.”
â?”Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

"Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought, edited by Lewis Aron and Libby Henik, is a timely and welcome collection of essays by Jewish psychoanalysts exemplifying the whole range of Jewish denominations including ultra-Orthodoxy." --Carlo Strenger, Haaretz Despite Freud's disdain of religion, psychoanalysis was dubbed a 'Jewish science' by the Nazis among others. Edited by Aron (director, New York U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis) and Henik (in private practice in New York and New Jersey), this collection brings together 14 essays offering wide-ranging perspectives on psychoanalysis in Jewish contexts. Following an overview of the historiography of scholarship in the field as a 'Jewish wisdom tradition,' US contributors examine topics including the interpretation of dreams, shiva (the Jewish mourning ritual), the Commandments, Garden of Eden narratives, transformation through mysticism or psychoanalysis, and anti- Semitism through theoretical formulations, clinical case examples, and biblical-type commentary. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

"The editors of the thought-provoking book Answering a Question With a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought seek to look beyond Freud’s own Jewish heritage to an in-depth study of Judaism and Jewish studies as the foundation of psychoanalytic principles. The study and practice of psychoanalysis share a deep connection with the study and practice of Judaism. Although Freud’s concern was that the relationship between psychoanalysis and Judaism would lead to the demise of psychoanalysis, Lew Aron and Libby Henik set out to demonstrate how fundamentally entwined psychoanalysis is with Judaism... The answer to a question and the solution to a problem can come from a number of places. However many times a solution is offered, we may reject or obscure our understanding. Like the religious man and the patient in analysis, the reader must make his or her own meaning of the experience. The essays collected here provide a glimpse of two historic traditions. Through inquiry and exploration of the inner and outer world, both share that fundamental human desire to make meaning out of chaos and to bring a deeper understanding to what it means to be human.'' -- Michael B. Donner, PsycCritiques

“Aron and Henik have assembled 14 thoughtful, well-researched essays, some of them pathbreaking, on the historical and intellectual imbrication of Jewish thought and modern psychoanalysis. . . . Particularly rich is the grouping on biblical commentary, which includes essays on the relation to psychoanalysis of rabbinic exegesis, Midrashic tradition, and biblical narrative. . . . This book will interest anyone concerned with the intellectual and cultural history of psychoanalysis and its implications for further speculation and therapy. Highly recommended.” â?”M. Uebel, University of Texas, in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, December 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934843376
  • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Series: Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life Series
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Aron is the author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books including A Meeting of Minds. He was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of the journal,
Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is the co-editor of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge. He is the author of the forthcoming book, co-authored with Karen Starr, Defining Psychoanalysis: The Ego and the Yid.
Libby Henik, LCSW is in private practice in New York and New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of the Yeshiva University and a graduate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center. She also holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature from Hunter College. Ms. Henik studied biblical exegesis and Hebrew literature with Nechama Leibowitz at Bar-Ilan University and with Professor Milton Arfa at Hunter College. She has taught in Israel, the United States and the former Soviet Union.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement 8

Preface 11

Introduction Libby Henik Henik, Libby 15

1. HISTORICAL CONTEXT Libby Henik Henik, Libby

Psychoanalysis and Judaism in Context Celia Brickman Brickman, Celia 25

2. CLINICAL PRESENTATION Celia Brickman Brickman, Celia

The Jew for Jesus and Other Analytic Explorations of God Yehoshua Arnowitz Arnowitz, Yehoshua 57

Dreams and Authoritative Knowledge: Bridging Judaism and Psychoanalysis Jill Salberg Salberg, Jill 80

Holding the Mourner: Jewish Ritual through a Psychoanalytic Lens Joyce Slochower Slochower, Joyce 105

Hearing "Thou Shall Not Kill" When All the Evidence is to the Contrary: Psychoanalysis, Enactment, and Jewish Ethics David M. Goodman Goodman, David M. 129

3. BIBLICAL COMMENTARY David M. Goodman Goodman, David M.

A Freudian and a Kleinian Reading of the Midrash on the Garden of Eden Narrative Tuvia Peri Peri, Tuvia 155

Transformations in the 'Mental Apparatus of Dreaming' as Depicted in the Biblical Story of Joseph Moshe Halevi Spero Spero, Moshe Halevi 186

'Let Me see That Good Land:' the Story of a Human Life Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg Zornberg, Avivah Gottlieb 236

Rebecca's Veil: A Weave of Conflict and Agency Libby Henik Henik, Libby 265

4. THEORETICAL PAPERS Libby Henik Henik, Libby

"Demand a Speaking Part!": The Character of the Jewish Father Lori Hope Lefkovitz Lefkovitz, Lori Hope 289

The Problem of Desire: Psychoanalysis as a Jewish Wisdom Tradition Seth Aronson Aronson, Seth 313

"Going Out to Meet You, I Found You Coming Toward me": Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Contemporary Psychoanalysis Karen E. Starr Starr, Karen E. 327

'Foreignness is the Quality Which the Jews and One's Own Instincts Have in Common': Anti-Semitism, Identity and the Other Stephen Frosh Frosh, Stephen 345

A Burning World, An Absent God: Midrash, Hermeneutics, and Relational Psychoanalysis Philip Cushman Cushman, Philip 369

Contributors Philip Cushman Cushman, Philip 405

Index Philip Cushman Cushman, Philip 410

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