Creativity And Sexuality: A Kabbalistic Perspective

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Judaism openly recognizes, as an integral part of human nature, the enigmatic relationship between yetzer, or physical desire, and yetzirah, or spiritual creativity. Creativity and Sexuality, written as a fictional dialogue, clearly delineates the psychic interdependence of these two drives, as well as the integration of the concepts as they are defined by both Jewish mysticism and modern psychology.

Mordechai Rotenberg is interested in the impact of religion on the psychology of everyday life. He was prompted to write Creativity and Sexuality by the popularity of writings that explore Jewish texts on the subject of sexuality from a historical or literary point of view, but that do not hesitate to include psychological evaluations based on popular secondary psychological concepts. This work seeks to provide an accurate psychological analysis of sexuality and spirituality from a Jewish mystical perspective. As such, it both reconstructs the interdisciplinary bridge between Judaism and psychology and deconstructs some exegetical traditions. The goal is to present new paradigmatic options, which may help modern society struggle more efficiently with its sexuality. Ultimately, the author sees physical desire and spiritual creativity as a regulative continuum. People learn how to spend the tremendous power of energy that the sexual yetzer produces not only on physical sex, but on the spiritual yetzirah.

In an introduction written especially for this new edition, the author explains the continuing relevance of Creativity and Sexuality, and the ongoing relationship between sexual desire and a healthy spiritual self-fulfillment. This volume will be of interest to students of Judaism, psychology, mysticism, and sexuality.

 

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Contents

Creation and Procreation
1
The SexCelibacy Pendulum
7
Emanation and Contraction as Paradigms of Creation
14
Contraction and Emanation as Reading and Writing
21
The Yetzer as Creative Neurosis
25
Sublimation and Dispensation of Sexuality
29
To Be Inthe Closet
34
The YetzerYetzira Continuum
38
Kierkegaards Seduction Style
86
Harassing the Flirter
89
Aggressertiveness Is the Reincarnation of Emanation
97
The Mystic Closet of Romantic Flirting and Prophetic Imagination
101
Romantic Flirting and the Mystic Closet
102
Ecstatic Prophecy and Imagination
105
The Romantic Component in the Song of Songs
111
The YetzerYetzira Genre and the Musar Movement
121

The Yetzer and Romantic Imagination
49
Ecstasy and Spiritual Sexuality
53
What Constitutes an Ecstatic Experience?
54
GrecoProtestant Controlling Sexuality
57
Manic Disorder versus Creative Ecstasy
62
Kabbalistic Sexuality as Spiritual Energy
65
The PsychoticErotic Energy of Mr E
67
Devekutas Spiritual Orgasm
70
Romantic Flirting versus Sexual Harassment
79
Alien Thoughts and Transference
80
Seduction and Rape
84
The Peer Consent Trap
85
The Patriarchic Pendulum and the Balancing Jewish Mother
127
Augustine Kierkegaard and Kafka
128
Phallocratic Aggressertiveness and Masochism
134
The Theory of Vaginal Envy
139
The Jewish Mother and Creative Neurosis
143
The Yetzer in the Sociopsychological Therapy Room
157
Clinical Training
165
Contraction and Impotency
166
Patriarchism as Imperialistic Missionarism
167
Bibliography
171
Index
177
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