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Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ph.D.

Date: May 21, 2017 7:30 pm

The William Alanson White Institute’s Center for Applied Psychoanalysis and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

are proud to present

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Renowned Biblical scholar and Literary Analyst


Join us as Dr Zornberg weaves together psychoanalytic insights, literary criticism and traditional commentary in helping to gain a deeper psychological understanding of the characters and story.


Sunday, May 21, 2017, 7:30 PM


'Like hearing the grass grow: guilt, atonement and intimacy”

Moses’ relation to God takes a poignant turn after the Golden calf and the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Sin and atonement stand at the center of the drama of sacrifice that is to take place in the tabernacle. But such atonement is possible only for inadvertent sin; why is this so? And how does this relate to the Golden calf and to the new intimacy that Moses, representing his people, enters in with his relationship with God?


Seth Aronson, PsyD., Training and Supervising Analyst and Director of Training at the William Alanson White Institute will moderate the discussion.



Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ph.D., is the author of The Beginning Of Desire: Reflections On Genesis, for which she received the National Jewish Book Award, Exodus: The Particulars Of Rapture, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections On The Biblical Unconscious, Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers and most recently Moses: A Human Life. Dr. Zornberg received her Ph.D. in English literature from Cambridge University. An internationally renowned teacher and lecturer, she lives in Jerusalem.



Location: B’nai Jeshurun

257 West 88th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue

Registration: $30 /$35 at the door; BJ and White Society members $25/30; Students $15/$20.

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