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Rosen, D. (1996). If only Jung had had a rabbi. J. Anal. Psychol., 41(2):245-256.

(1996). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 41(2):245-256

If only Jung had had a rabbi

David Rosen, M.D.

An analytical and feeling response regarding the question of Jung's anti-Semitism is presented. The author calls for a compassionate and understanding approach to Jung's lifelong development, based on an appreciation of Jung's religious attitude, which evolved toward a deep acceptance of Judaism and its traditions. Characteristic of analysts as healers is the maxim that individuals grow and change; such was certainly the case with Jung as can be seen clearly in his later sunset years. After all, will we remember Frederick de Klerk as a proponent of apartheid or as the Afrikaaner who shared the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nelson Mandela?

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