Life in the Time of COVID

Meeting between Jewish Principles and Existential Thought

in European Judaism
Author:
Harriett GoldenbergPsychotherapist, UK

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Abstract

This article discusses key existential concepts, and Jewish principles within the context of the experience of the 2020/21 COVID pandemic. The premise of the article is that existential concepts, ‘existentials’, while always underpinning our lives, have been highlighted during this period of crisis, with significant potential resultant learning. This kind of process, learning about ourselves in response to the circumstances of our lives, the circumstances in which we find ourselves, is at the heart of the enterprise of existential psychotherapy. Do we find the roots of these concepts within Jewish thought and theology? How do fundamental Jewish principles and contemporary existential ideas sit side by side?

Contributor Notes

Harriett Goldenberg is an existential psychotherapist, supervisor, teacher and author. She describes the practice of psychotherapy as an ‘ethical endeavour’, and her aim is to bring the quality of engagement inside and outside of the consulting room closer together.

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