Dr. Kluger wrote the original interpretation as part of the requirements of the first graduating class of the Jung Institute in Zürich. He later updated his work, but the thesis remains the same: the return of the feminine principle in the Bible. To this end, he examines the fate and role of the feminine as “she” travels from ancient times through various goddesses to the person of Ruth, and her destiny as restoring the original totality of masculine and feminine in equal, interacting, balance.
In counterpoint to the scholarly style of her father – while in unison with his interpretations – Nomi Kluger-Nash has written a woman’s subjective reactions to the story of Ruth, Naomi and Orpah. To this associative style she brings further amplifications from Kabbalah into the meaning of these women who carry aspects, both light and dark, of the Shekhinah, the feminine presence of God.
Yechezkel Kluger, Ph.D., was born in New York in 1911 and died in Haifa, shortly after completing his manuscript for this book in 1995. Moving from kibbutz farmer to doctor of optometry to Jungian analyst (“I moved from outer to inner vision”), he taught at the Los Angeles Jung Institute and, with his return to Israel in 1967, established the Israel Training Program for Analytical Psychology. He taught and practiced as an analyst up to the time of his death. Nomi Kluger-Nash is a Jungian psychologist who lives both in Jerusalem and Cummington, Massachusetts, where she practices as a therapist, teaches, writes … and enjoys the wilderness of her “Woodwinds” home.
What if we conceived of ourselves as auditory beings rather than visual ones? Our attitude would shift, and so would our availability to the world, inside and out. Centering in sound entails receptive interaction with the unconscious, a participatory style of consciousness. Rather than “bringing light” to unconscious energies, it means being resonant to it, being alive.
In this delightful, phenomenological account, Kittelson writes in lively pursuit of the language of hearing, an ode to the persistent primacy of the ear.
It’s right here, she says, just around the corner from our noses.
Kittelson’s ear awareness finds side-doors into the topic. She lets us in on a secret as intriguing as Freud’s footnote about the gradually diminishing sense of smell in human beings: we have a lapsed instinct for interiority. For turning inward, for spiraling deep into the dark, for following evocative reverberations to their source. - from the Foreword by Nor Hall, Ph.D.