Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Pyschoanalysis
Routledge, 2008 - 134
Repair of the Soul examines transformation from the perspective of Jewish mysticism and psychoanalysis, addressing the question of how one achieves self-understanding that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change. In this beautifully written and thought-provoking book, Karen Starr draws upon a contemporary relational approach to psychoanalysis to explore the spiritual dimension of psychic change within the context of the psychoanalytic relationship. Influenced by the work of Lewis Aron, Steven Mitchell and other relational theorists, and drawing upon contemporary scholarship in the field of Jewish studies, Starr brings the ideas of the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition, into dialogue with modern psychoanalytic thought. Repair of the Soul provides a scholarly integration of several kabbalistic and psychoanalytic themes relating to transformation, including faith, surrender, authenticity, and mutuality, as well as a unique exploration of the relationship of the individual to the universal. Starr uses the Kabbalah¿s metaphors as a vivid framework with which to illuminate the experience of transformation in psychoanalytic process, and to explore the evolving view of the psychoanalytic relationship as one in which both parties - the analyst as well as the patient - are transformed.
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The creation metaphor articulated by Isaac Luria is roughly as follows : God is a
paradoxical union of being and no - thing , of Ein - sof , without end , and ayin ,
nothingness . Ein - sof made creation possible through a negative act of
... ability to affect the higher worlds through its actions in the lower world for better
or worse , to perfect the divine relationships or to sever them . Here we see
another aspect of the divine leap of faith : Ein - sof ' s movement toward
By choosing relation with the human “ other ” over remaining in omnipotent
isolation , Ein - sof chooses “ the risk of difference ” for the purpose of divine
growth . In making room for the “ wholly other ” He gains a partner who has the
capacity to ...
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