The Problem of Mourning in Jewish History
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The ethnic groups known as Hebrews, Israelites and Jews suffered heavy losses and group-narcissistic injuries throughout their history. They lost their Kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians in 722–721 b.c.e. They lost their Kingdom of Judah along with their sovereignty, their language, their Holy City of Jerusalem, and their Temple of Yahweh to the Babylonians in 587–586 b.c.e. The Greek myth of Kronos (Harvest), who saved his mother-earth Gaia from her cruel husband Uranos (Heaven) by castrating Uranos with a harpe (sickle or curved sword) and throwing his phallus into the sea, from whose aphros (foam) Aphrodite was born, can be viewed as a psychogeographical fantasy. Patai, Yerushalmi, Roskies, and Ebel have pointed out the dramatic denial of painful history underlying the almost total absence of scholarly, chronological Jewish historiography over a period of 15 centuries following the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 c.e. Reality had become too painful for the Jews.