JTS: March 29th – Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought

In our Community 2010
Admission is free, but reservations are required.
RSVP online at www.jtsa.edu/question, or call (212) 280-6093.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration,
and have photo ID available.

Cosponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary


A Jew, when asked why Jews always answer a question with a question, responded, “What makes you ask?” This joke, rooted in inquiry and relational context as the process of constructing new meanings, points to the connection between Jewish thought and psychoanalysis. From the moment Freud identified interpretation as his method of creating meaning, psychoanalysis became inextricably linked to the interpretive tradition of Jewish thought. Whereas in Bible study, subtexts of stories are called midrash, in psychoanalysis, they are called the unconscious.

Join us for an illuminating evening as editors Lewis Aron and Libby Henik discuss their book, Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought. The book addresses the relevance of the Jewish interpretive tradition to the expanding world of psychoanalytic theory, and how psychoanalytic thinking regarding the intrapsychic and the interpersonal has influenced Jewish thought.

Lewis Aron, PhD, is the director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has served as president of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, and as founding president of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). Dr. Aron is author and editor of numerous articles and books, including A Meeting of Minds: Mutuality in Psychoanalysis, and is the editor of the Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life Book Series.
Libby Henik, LCSW, is in private practice in New York and New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University, and a graduate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center. Ms. Henik, who also holds an MA in Hebrew Literature from Hunter College, studied Biblical Exegesis and Hebrew Literature with Professor Milton Arfa at Hunter, and with Professor Nechama Leibowitz at Bar-Ilan University.

The annual Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture was established in 1993 by the Honorable
Howard M. Holtzmann, honorary chairman of the JTS Board of Trustees, as a tribute to the late
Gerson D. Cohen, who served as chancellor of JTS from 1972 to 1986.


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