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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious

Special Presentation: Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Dr. Zornberg will discuss Moses’ speech inhibition as a pivotal issue in the Exodus narrative. What is the nature of this ‘impediment’? We will look at psychoanalytic and philosophical thinking on the role of voice in communication, as well as midrashic and hassidic sources.

About the presenter:

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court. She studied with him from childhood; he was her most important teacher of Torah. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past thirty years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

Seating is limited.
Advance registration kindly requested.  Please email Ms. Monica Simmons to reserve a spot.

Desserts and coffee will be served.

Dr. Zornberg’s books and DVDs of her lectures will be available for purchase at the event.

A preview of one of Dr. Zornberg’s lectures can be viewed on youtube.

A handout for the program, in both Hebrew and English, will be available at the program. If you wish to preview the handout, you may do so by requesting a copy from Monica Simmons.

This program was made possible by the generosity of several members and friends of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society

Dr. Zornberg will also be giving a free lecture at the Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI, at 9:30 am, entitled: "Let Me See That Good Land: The Story of a Human Life"

'Moses fails to enter Canaan not because his life is too short but because it is a human life.' (Kafka) Moses' fundamental sense of himself as 'not a man of words' comes to a poignant consummation in the long speeches he makes to the people before he dies. What is his purpose in these speeches and particularly in his narrative about his desire to 'cross over to the other side' (of the Jordan)?

A handout for the JCC program in both Hebrew and English will be available at the program. If you wish to preview the handout, you may do so by requesting a copy from Monica Simmons.