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About Erel Shalit
Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Tel Aviv, Israel, and past Founding Director of the Jungian Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is past president of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology, and past Director, Shamai Davidson Community Mental Health Clinic, at the Shalvata Psychiatric Center.
He is the author of several publications, including The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey; Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return; Enemy, Cripple & Beggar; The Hero and His Shadow; and The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego, and The Dream and its Amplification (ed., with Nancy Swift Furlotti).
He has edited and introduced Erich Neumann's Jacob and Esau: On the collective symbolism of the brother motif, and with Murray Stein edited Turbulent Times, Creative Minds: Erich Neumann and C.G. Jung in Relationship.
Articles of his have appeared in many journals, among others Quadrant, The Jung Journal, Spring, and Midstream. He has entries in The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. 'Silence is the center of feeling,' an interview with Erel Shalit, appears in Robert and Janis Henderson's "Living with Jung" volume 3, and in Pythia Peay's America on the Couch. He has contributed the chapter on Jerusalem in Thomas Singer's book Psyche and the City: A Soul's Guide to the Modern Metropolis, and 'My European Animus' in Joerg Rasche and Thomas Singer (eds) Europe's Many Souls. Dr. Shalit lectures at professional institutes, universities and cultural forums in Israel, Europe, and the United States.
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In this newly discovered manuscript, Neumann sowed the seeds of his later works. It provides a window into his original thinking and creative writing regarding the biblical subject of Jacob and Esau and the application of the brother motif to analytical psychology.
Neumann elaborates on the central role of the principle of opposites in the human soul, contrasting Jacob’s introversion with Esau’s extraversion, the sacred and the profane, the inner and the outer aspects of the God-image, the shadow and its projection, and how the old ethic—expressed, for example, in the expulsion of the scapegoat—perpetuates evil.
Mark Kyburz, translator of C. G. Jung’s The Red Book, has eloquently rendered Neumann’s text into English. Erel Shalit’s editing and introduction provide an entrée into Neumann’s work on this subject, which will be of interest to a wide range of readers, from lay persons to professionals interested in Jungian psychology and Jewish and religious studies.
Erich Neumann was born in Berlin in 1905. He emigrated to Israel in 1934 and lived in Tel Aviv until his death in 1960. For many years he lectured and played a central role at Eranos, the seminal conference series in analytical psychology. His writings include Depth Psychology and a New Ethic, The Origins and History of Consciousness, and The Great Mother. The correspondence between C. G. Jung and Neumann was published in 2015.
Dr. Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Israel and founding director of the Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is the author of several books, including The Cycle of Life and The Hero and His Shadow.
Dr. Mark Kyburz specializes in scholarly translation from German into English and is the co-translator of C. G. Jung’s The Red Book (2009). He lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.
Contributions by Erel Shalit, Murray Stein, Henry Abramovitch, Riccardo Bernardini, Batya Brosh, Joseph Cambray, Thomas Fischer, Nancy Swift Furlotti, Christian Gaillard, Ulrich Hoerni, Andreas Jung, Tom Kelly, Thomas B. Kirsch, Nomi Kluger Nash, Tamar Kron, Debora Kutzinski, Rivka Lahav, Ann Lammers, Martin Liebscher, Ralli Loewenthal-Neumann, Angelica Löwe, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Julie Neumann, Micha Neumann, Gideon Ofrat, Rina Porat, Jörg Rasche, and Jacqueline Zeller.