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 insight that God and universe are related not primarily as Creator and
creature , but as deep structure and surface , a central insight of the mystical
tradition , is key to the Judaism of the future . But the ways in which we develop
and act ...
It can be understood as a radical formulation of a metaphor of creation and the
workings of the universe , rooted in traditional Judaism and derived
hermeneutically . The kabbalists graphically articulated the view of a mutual
It is the Kabbalah ' s “ relation to the spiritual heritage of rabbinical Judaism , ”
says Scholem , that is the secret to its success . “ This relation differs from that of
rationalist philosophy , in that it is more deeply and in a more vital sense
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