Recommended Readings and Lectures


Suggestions of additional readings and online lectures are invited. To forward your recommendations please click HERE and they will be added to this list. Your name and location will be included if you wish.

Old and Dirty Gods. Religion, Antisemitism and the Origins of Psychoanalysis. Cooper-White, Pamela. 2018 New York: Routledge

Freud's Dream of Interpretation. Frieden, Ken. 1990 Albany: State University of New York Press

Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis.  Zaretsky, Eli. 2005 New York: Vintage


Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis. Frosh, Stephen. 2005 London: Palgrave


Freud on Religion. Hewitt, Marsha. 2014 Durham, UK: Acumen

Gilman, S.L. (1992). Freud, Race and Gender. Am. Imago, 49:155-183

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy. Oppenheim, Michael. 2017 New York: Routledge

Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question. Slavet, E. 2009 New York: Fordham University Press

Lev, Gideon. (2016). The Question of Aims: Psychoanalysis and the Changing Formulations of the Life Worth Living. Psychoanal Psychology., 33:2 312-333.

Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought. Aron, Lewis. 2013 New York Academic Studies Press


A Godless Jew. Gay, Peter. 1987 New Haven: Yale University Press


Freud's Jewish Identity: A Case Study in the Impact of Ethnicity. Diller, Jerry V. 1991 New Jersey: Associated University Presses


Judaism and Psychoanalysis. Ostow, M (ed.) 1982 New York: Ktav Publishing House


Spirit, Mind, and Brain: A Psychoanalytic Examination of Spirituality and Religion. Ostow, M. 2006 New York: Columbia University Press


The Jewish World of Sigmund Freud: Essays on Cultural Roots and the Problem of Religious Identity. Richards, A. (ed) 2010 Jefferson, N. Carolina: McFarland & Co

Inventing God. Mills, Jon. 2017 New York: Routledge

Jewish Origins of the Psychoanalytic Movement. Klein, D. 1985.  Chicago: Chicago University Press


Freud's Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable.  Yerushalmi, Y. 1991 New Haven: Yale University Press


Freud and Moses: The Long Journey Home. Rice, E. 1990 Albany: State University Press


Enckell, M. (1988). Psychoanalysis and the Jewish Tradition. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 11:141-159.


Zaretsky, E. (2006). The Place of Psychoanalysis in the History of the Jews. Psychoanal. Hist., 8:235-254.


Contributed by Harvey Schwartz, Philadelphia, Pa.



The Case of Sigmund Freud:  Medicine and Identity at the Fin de Siècle.  Gilman, S. 1994  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press                   

Freud, Race, and Gender. Gilman, S. 1995  Princeton:  Princeton University Press


Contributed by Sander Gilman, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia   



Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity. Rolnik, E. 2012. London: Karnac


Contributed by Eran Rolnik, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv



Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions.Frosh, S. 2013 London: Macmillan


Contributed by Stephen Frosh, University of London, London



Answering a Question with a Question. Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought. Aron, L. and Henik, L. (eds) 2010 Brighton, Mass: Academic Studies Press


Contributed by Michael B. Donner, Oakland, California



Richards, A. (2009). The Need not to Believe: Freud's Godlessness Reconsidered. Psychoanal. Rev., 96:561-578.


Richards, Arnold (2012). Witnessing the death of Yiddish language and culture: Holes in the Doorposts In: The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust: Trauma, Psychoanalysis, and the Living Mind, ed. Nancy R. Goodman & Marilyn B. Meyers. New York: Routledge.


50th Annual Leo Baeck Memorial Address - Center for Jewish History - Dec. 14, 2006

Creating Sociology and Psychoanalysis in the Habsberg Lands: Freud, Brill and Fleck.

By Arnold D. Richards.


Contributed by Arnold Richards, New York



On Freud's Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions. Geller, J. 2007 New York: Fordham University Press


Contributed by Jay Geller, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee



'The Exodus from Egypt remains our point of departure': The Covert Tradition in Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism. Blumenberg, Y. 2012 Frankfurt: Brandes & Apsel [German]


Contributed by Yigal Blumenberg, Berlin



Why Did Freud Reject God?: A Psychodynamic Interpretation. Rizzuto, A. 1998 New Haven: Yale University Press


Contributed by Ana-Maria Rizzuto, Cambridge, Massachusetts




The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days. Edmundson, M. 2007 New York: Bloomsbury


Edmundson, M. Defender of the Faith? 2007 The New York Times Magazine


Contributed by Frederic J. Levine, Miami, Florida




Bennett Roth (1991). Some of the Origin of Freud’s Paper on Group Psychology, in AGPA Monograph Psychoanalytic Group Theory and Therapy: Essay in Honor of Saul Scheidlinger, (reprinted in Kaplan & Sadock 1992 ). New York: International Universities Press


Contributed by Bennett Roth, New York




The Parnas: A Scene from the Holocaust. Silvano Arieti. 1979 Paul Dry Books 


contributed by Howard Covitz, Melrose Park, Pennsylvania















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