Herzl on the Couch: An Analysis-driven Look at Israel & Israelis with Rabbi Rich Kirschen

January 31, 2021, 12:00 pm

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The complexities of the Jewish State are generally viewed through the lenses of politics, religion, and culture. Often overlooked are the psychological underpinnings of the people of this old/new land. Through a psychoanalytic lens, we can begin to understand why Israelis behave the way they do.

Sunday, January 31 at 12:00 p.m.

Reaction Formation — King David, Groucho Marx, and Moshe Dayan Walk into a Bar…

What were the psychological needs behind the image of the macho Israeli Sabra?

Sunday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m.

Trauma, West Bank Settlers, and the Hastening of the Messiah

Who are the West Bank settlers and what motivates them?

Zoom link | Meeting ID: 856 7144 9117 | Passcode: Herzl

(Same link for both sessions.)

Rabbi Rich Kirschen received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to making aliyah, he served as the executive director of the Hillel Foundation at Brown University and associate director of the University of Michigan Hillel. In Israel, he was the director of NFTY in Israel and Kesher Birthright programs for the Union for Reform Judaism, bringing thousands of teens to Israel every year. He is currently pursuing studies at Machon Shinui-The Israel Institute for Family Therapy.

 Generously sponsored by the Ann and Leo Lieberman Guest Scholar Program.