Join us for a round table discussion on Dr Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel’s book Birth in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis (De Gruyter 2022)

Date: Saturday 10 September 2022
Time: 18:00- 20:00 GMT
Venue: Westminster Quaker Meeting House WC2N 4EA

We will start with a conversation between Dr Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa; Rabbi Dr Tali Artman Partock, who teaches Judaism at the University of Cambridge and the rabbi of Sukkat Shalom Synagogue; and Dr Yael Pilowsky Bankirer, a psychoanalyst and member of the Site.

The three women will discuss the book, which examines the experience of birth through the ages as a metaphor foundational to all fields of art, philosophy, religion and literature. It highlights the significance of birth in Jewish culture, as a challenge to existential philosophy and the centrality of death in Western culture. Rabbi Dr Tali will speak of pre-life, after-life and the problem of separation while Dr Pilowsky Bankirer will talk about the maternal, the womb and the Bionian no-thing.

The round table will be followed by a Q&A.

Tickets cost £15 for the public, £12 for Site members and £10 for Site trainees and can be booked on Eventbrite