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Losing and Being lost
A pioneering psychoanalyst herself, Anna Freud, daughter of Sigmund Freud, died in 1982 in her London home, also her father’s former home. Since his death in 1939, Anna had recurring dreams of what her biographer Elizabeth Young-Bruehl described as "loss and being lost," which she saw as being connected to acting against her father’s wishes. As the historian Josh Levy explains, these dreams and feelings explain why even after ownership of his papers passed to the Library of Congress, she insisted they reside with her until she died. And it is why "she remained in that London home for the rest of her life, her father’s study fastidiously dusted but its treasures unmoved, as if trapped in amber.”
Yiddish is often touted for its symbiotic relationship with the Left; as the language of the socialists and anarchists. Less celebrated is Yiddish as it sang the praises of the free market and capitalism. But, indeed, it did. As Alyssa Quint explains, some of the oldest documented Yiddish folksongs touch on prosaic topics such as loans, stocks, and markets, alongside the more typical themes of love, life, and death. “The songs express appreciation for financial opportunity as they caution their listeners against secular immorality.”
Those who do not remember the past are ... probably not Jewish
(plural, ushpizin) is an Aramaic word that originally derives from the Latin word ‘hospes’ (‘guest’) which is the origin of such English words as ‘hospital’ and ‘hotel.’ All of these words share the concept of taking care of guests. According to the Book of the Zohar, seven spiritual ushpizin are invited to the sukkah during the Festival of Sukkot: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David.
Abraham bar Hiyya (1070-1136) was a Spanish Jewish mathematician and astronomer famed for his book Hibbur ha-Meshihah ve-ha-Tishboret (Treatise on Measurement and Calculation), translated into Latin by Plato of Tivoli as Liber embadorum in 1145 and recognized as the earliest Arab algebra written in Europe. He also penned Tzurat Ha’Aretz VeTavnit Kadurei HaRekia (“The Form of the Earth and the Pattern of the Heavenly Spheres”). According to Shay Eshel, the treatise presented the geographical sciences of both the Islamic and ancient worlds in Hebrew and included this rendering of the solar system.