Few chapters in the history of psychoanalysis are as densely packed with transcultural, ideological, and moral issues as the coming of psychoanalysis to Jewish Palestine–a geopolitical space that bears some of the deepest scars of 20th century European and, in particular, Jewish history. Noted Israeli psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and historian Dr. Eran J. Rolnik will bring into focus several points of entry of psychoanalysis into Hebrew culture and attempt to answer the questions: How has the story of psychoanalysis coming to Israel echo Jewish experience during the first half of the twentieth century? To what extent has the Israeli experience in the back half of the last century influenced the way Israeli analysts listen to their patients today? Are there insights for contemporary psychotherapeutic discourse that could be gained from the history of psychoanalysis in Israel?
Dr. Eran J. Rolnik is a training and supervising psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and historian. He serves on the faculty of the Max Eitingon Institute for Psychoanalysis and Tel-Aviv University Medical School program for postgraduate training in psychotherapy. Dr. Rolnik has written extensively on the history of psychoanalysis. His book Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity won crucial acclaim as one of the best books on the history of psychoanalysis. He recently co-edited Freud, Einstein and the Wars to Come (Carmel Jerusalem 2018). His forthcoming volume of Freud’s letters is due to appear in early 2019.
This is the Sixth Annual Jewish Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis lecture at BZBI. The series, sponsored by Dr. Harvey Schwartz, examines the interface between Jewish and psychoanalytic thinking.