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This remarkable book provides fascinating new insights into Freud's intentions in writing Moses and Monotheism-his only work specifically devoted to a Jewish theme. Yerushalmi presents the work as Freud's psychoanalytic history of the Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish psyche-his attempt, under the shadow of Nazism, to discover what has made the Jews what they are. In the process, Yerushalmi's eloquent and sensitive exploration of Freud's controversial final work provides a reappraisal of Freud's feelings toward his ...
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Overview

This remarkable book provides fascinating new insights into Freud's intentions in writing Moses and Monotheism-his only work specifically devoted to a Jewish theme. Yerushalmi presents the work as Freud's psychoanalytic history of the Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish psyche-his attempt, under the shadow of Nazism, to discover what has made the Jews what they are. In the process, Yerushalmi's eloquent and sensitive exploration of Freud's controversial final work provides a reappraisal of Freud's feelings toward his own Judaism.

"Yerushalmi has written a dazzlingly brilliant book. Reading it is to take an exciting journey through the spaces of mind-an adventure of intellect. This book is an extraordinary achievement, one that will be discussed and debated for many years."-Irving Howe

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Mark Edmundson
Yerushalmi brings his considerable learning...to bear on one of the central problems in understanding Freud, the question of his Jewish identity...Persuasive and absorbing. -- Washington Post Book World
Michiko Kakutani
Impassioned and lucied;...original and...brilliant. -- NY Times
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300049213
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: The Franz Rosenzweig Lecture Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    A Revelation

    This brief book reveals a side of Freud that is virtually never discussed - his "Jewishness". The book provides a profound discussion of Jewishness as compared to Judaism through the prism of Freud's thoughts.
    Yerushalmi exposes meanings in Freud's Moses that would not be apparent to the average reader. I now have a completely different, more positive, view of this often villified work.
    This is a remarkable book that is full of deep insights into both Freud and Jewishness.

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