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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I became absorbed in the Hebrew language , fascinated by the shape of its
letters and the roots and meanings of its words . I was intrigued by the rabbinic
method of interpretationthe use of association , word play , and gematria (
... of knowledge of the universe other than the intellectual working - over of
carefully scrutinized observations — in other words , what we call research - and
alongside of it no knowledge derived from revelation , intuition or divination ” ( p .
159 ) ...
Each word , even letter , of the Torah is believed to enclose a spiritual
significance whose depths may be fruitfully plumbed by the attentive interpreter .
The characters of the Zohar are said to " open " with an interpretation , which in
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