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How to Look at a Beautiful Woman: Freud and Buber Read the Talmud Together

Hosted By: National Library of Israel USA (NLI USA)

The Talmudic tradition states that God must be blessed after witnessing beauty – that he must be shown gratitude with a special blessing recited for this specific occurrence. It is clear that this blessing also applies to beautiful people. In this lecture we will read a story from the Talmud, examining it through the perspective of Sigmund Freud, while imagining for a moment that the father of psychoanalysis accepted Martin Buber’s assumptions concerning religion.

The lecturer’s argument is that the author of the Talmudic story was able to use such a perspective to witness the divine in its revelation to man in the course of everyday life.

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