Author Archives: Cheryl Goldstein

Cheryl Goldstein

About Cheryl Goldstein

Cheryl Goldstein got her Ph.D. from UCLA in Comparative Literature and works in the areas of literature, psychoanalysis, and Jewish identity. Currently an Assistant Professor of Comparative World Literature at Cal State University, Long Beach she is also a student research clinical psychoanalyst and has a Masters in Rabbinic Literature.

Filling the Whole — Searching for Spiritual Integrity

Cheryl Goldstein
April 8, 2014

What does it mean to live a life that is spiritually engaged? How does someone find spiritual motivation, and what does that mean? Does it require some kind of connection or immediate experience of the “divine”? And what does that look or feel like? A number of years ago, a friend of mine who has More »

Why Would We Settle?

Cheryl Goldstein
February 12, 2014

There are a variety of uses for the word “settle,” and as I began to think about those various meanings, I found that in many cases (most cases, even) it was difficult to conceive of “settled” without “unsettled” as an inherent part of the construct. In other words, the idea of “settling” remains in a More »

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Empathy and the “Jewish Science”

Cheryl Goldstein
November 13, 2013

It has always been clear to me that, despite Freud’s reservations, psychoanalysis is a “Jewish science.” This “Jewishness” doesn’t stem from Freud’s religious practice (about which much ink and time has been spent), but from a Jewish sensibility that pervades the psychoanalytic endeavor as a whole. On a structural level, Freud’s method of dream interpretation More »

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The Kotel and Negotiated Space

Cheryl Goldstein
October 10, 2013

It seems almost unnecessary to say that the Kotel is iconic. As a signifier of the historic tie of the Jewish people to Jerusalem, the Kotel, provides a physical manifestation of what appears to be an intersection of religious and Zionist destinies. But this point of convergence, this mythic meeting place, continues to confront us More »

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The Work of Giving Up

Cheryl Goldstein
September 28, 2013

While I was studying rabbinic literature, I attended daily minyan with the rabbinical students, but I frequently felt frustrated. I realized I have a very ambivalent relationship with prayer. When I described my concerns to a senior rabbi he responded my telling me that there are three paths of devotion: prayer, study, and service in More »

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Resistance and Change

Cheryl Goldstein
August 12, 2013

I should begin by saying that I look forward to Yom Kippur. Despite my annual anxiety about successfully completing the fast, as Yom Kippur approaches I find myself humming the melodies, singing Kol Nidre to myself, thinking about the various themes that run through the service, hoping that this year I won’t get quite as teary-eyed when More »

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Looking Past Newton

Cheryl Goldstein
July 12, 2013

Since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut this past December, my teenage daughter has been tracking reports of gun crimes on an almost daily basis. She expresses outrage every time she reads about a child who has accidentally shot a playmate, sibling or himself.  She could barely contain her contempt for the parents in Kentucky who More »

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