Prof. Moshe Halevi Spero

Prof. Moshe Halevi Spero





University of Michigan, Social Work and Psychology 



University of Michigan, Clinical Psychology



Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Psychiatric Social Work



Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Psychology, History


Additional Information

2000: Member of Editorial Board and Reviewer: American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Social work

2000: Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Israel Psychoanalytic Journal

1998: Guest Editor, Special Issue: Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Israel,  Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, vol. 26: 325-485  

1998: Guest Editor, Special Issue: Psychoanalysis in Israel, American Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol. 58: 113-244

1999: International Editorial Consultant, Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry

1994: Consulting Editor, Psychoanalytic Social Work

1990: Guest co-Editor:  Special issue on religion and psychotherapy Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, vol. 26: 1-141.

1987-1997: Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Social Work and Policy in Israel, vols. 1-10.

1987: Editorial Board, American Journal of Psychoanalysis

1976-1999: Co-Founder and co-Editor, Journal of Psychology and Judaism


Professional Memberships

- Israel Association of Social Workers (No. 3827)

- Israel Psychological Association (No. 1615)

- Israel Psychotherapy Association (no. 123)

- Israel Ministry of Health Clinical Psychology License (No. 2261), 1987

- Israel Ministry of Health Supervisor in Clinical Psychology, 1992

- International Affiliate, American Psychological Association (Division 29 [Psychotherapy], Division  30 [Psychoanalysis])

- Scientific Associate, American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic psychiatry

- Council of Editors of Psychoanalytic Journals


BOOK (author):

Spero, M.H. (2001). Self-Effacement as self-inscription: Reconsidering Freud's anonymous "Moses of Michaelangelo."  Madison, Conn: International Universities Press.


BOOK (co-editor):

Glas, G., Spero, M.H., Verhagen, P. & Van der Pragg, H. (Eds.). (2007). Hearing visions and seeing voices: Psychological aspects of Biblical concepts and personalities. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag.



Spero, M.H. (2003). Dreams, death and desire in the psychotherapy of the obsessive-schizoid Kohen. In S. Arzi, M. Fechler & B. Kahana (Eds.), The homiletics of the soul: Jubilee volume in honor of the seventieth birthday of Mordekhai Rotenberg: Studies in psychology and Judaism (pp. 70-102). Tel Aviv: Yediot Ahronot. [Hebrew].

Spero, M.H. (2005). A garland for ashes: Diagnostic considerations regarding Jay F. Schechter’s ‘Diagnosis and treatment of psychotic depressive’. In D. Shatz & J. Wolowelsky (Eds.), Judaism and mind, body and psychology (pp. 189- 202).  New York: Yeshivah University Press/Ktav.

Spero, M.H. (2006). To whom, to where and to when does one “return” in te’shu‘vah? In Y. Berger (Ed.), Jewish perspectives on self (pp. 243-359). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Spero, M.H. (2007). The hidden subject of Job: Mirroring and the anguish of interminable desire. In G. Glas, M.H. Spero,  P. Verhagen & H. Van der Pragg, (Eds), Hearing visions and seeing voices: Psychological aspects of biblical concepts and personalities (pp. 231-266). Dordrecht: Springer Verlag.



Spero, M.H. (2000). A garland for ashes: Regarding the diagnosis of religious rituality in Jay F. Schechter's "Diagnosis and treatment of a psychotic depressive". Torah u-Madda Journal, 9, 152-168.

Spero, M.H. (2003). Inaugural communication: On writing in the Land of the Book. Israel Psychoanalytic Journal, 1, 7-32

Spero, M.H. (2003). A preoedipal representation of the analytic breast as illuminated by a patient's use of rabbinic legend. Israel Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1, 605-642.

Spero, M.H. (2004). What con-verges and what di-verges when religious object representations transform? An annotated critique of Cohen (2002). Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 32, 669-709.

Spero, M.H. (2004). Hearing the faith in time: Countertransference contributions to the unexpected emergence of religious metaphor during an oncology patient's psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 73, 971-1021.

Spero, M.H. (2006). Reading notes on the beginning phase of the treatment of a religious patient: A commentary. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 13, 13-29.



Spero, M. H. (in press). The Well-House: A psychoanalytic reconsideration of the Judaic concept of teshuvah (repentance). Madison, Conn: International Universities Press .



Spero, M.H. (in press). The civilization of discontent: Notes on the hidden Unbehagen in Freud's relationship with the aesthetic dimension of civilization. In R. King, P. Neubauer, S. Abrams & A.S. Dowling (Eds.),The psychoanalytic study of the child, 63. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press.



Spero, M.H. (in press). The psychoanalytic experience of religious transformation as an event horizon. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 18.

Spero, M.H. (in press). Screen time: Clinical notes regarding Meissner’s (2006) chronically late patient. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 25

Spero, M.H. (in press). Moses as Madonna: Some evidence for the latent maternal dimension in the "Moses" by Michelangelo. American Imago.

Spero, M.H. (in press). Touched by Grace during the analytic hour: The analysis of a religious resistance. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 67.


On Sabbatical


1. Theoretical and clinical psychoanalysis.

2. The religious process in psychoanalysis.

3. Methods of measurement and the use of quality in object relations.

4. Interpretive inference.