The publication of Dr. Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel’s new book, Human Throes – Birth in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis, will be marked on Oct. 4, 2018, with a book premiere and discussion at 19:30 (7:30 pm) at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem with prominent speakers, music, and more.
Dr. Kaniel is a research fellow at the Hartman Institute, a Lecturer of Jewish Thought at Haifa University, and a Research Fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Her research focuses on the intersections among Jewish myth and mysticism, comparative religion, gender, and psychoanalysis. She has published two books and more than 20 articles on these topics in the last few years.
Human Throes highlights the significance of birth in Jewish culture, as a challenge to existential philosophy and the centrality of death in Western culture. In her research, Dr. Kaniel traces the development of images of birth starting with the Hebrew Bible, through rabbinic literature, culminating in the homilies of the Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, and Hassidic drashot, in light of Christian and Neoplatonic perceptions of birth and their roots in Greek mythology and philosophy.
The book is published by Carmel Press and Shalom Hartman Institute, as part of the series, "Criticism, Culture, and Interpretation."
The book and the evening will be in Hebrew. See additional details on the Hartman Institute Hebrew website .