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Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg informs her literary analysis of the biblical text with concepts drawn from Freud, Winnicott, Laplanche, and other psychoanalytic thinkers to make a powerful argument for the idea that the creators of the midrashic commentary, the medieval rabbinic commentators, and the Hassidic commentators were themselves on some level aware of the complex interp ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Schocken (first published 2009)
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“Shoot for something you can barely control” – it's a line from Barry Hannah that I cling to in writing, but I’m also beginning to cling to it in reading. It took me over 3 years to read Zornberg – often I could wrestle through only a few pages in one sitting, constantly flipping to the “Notes” section to puzzle over her millions of sources. This book is really explosive in terms of its focus on departure from the ordered world—it’s hig
Spike Anderson
This is by far my favorite of her books- so deep, so thoughtful, pulling on classical commentary Plus, with a whole new way of looking at things
I was staggered again and again by the author's insights.
Zornberg is a giant!
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