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“A master of medicine, a healer of souls, an awakener of hearts, Rabbi Gabriel Cousens has freed up Torah to free up souls, flinging wide open her rusty gates to enable her wisdom to gush forth unabatedly and in fullness of intent and application. … He skillfully weaves the wisdom of the sages through the ages into a cohesive and fruitful brew of lessons that speak directly to the deepest depths of our spirits. … [His] treatise of the Torah raises the decibels of her voice so that all souls, regardless of their external identities, can hear her message and experience her magic.”
—From the foreword by Rabbi Gershon Winkler
“Jews and Torah have a symbiotic relationship: the life of one depends on the life of the other. For far too long Torah has been on life support because the Jews have been on life support. Rabbi Gabriel Cousens is about to revive the latter by resuscitating the former. His Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment reveals a level of Torah wisdom that few contemporary Jews know exits, and when they do, there is hope that they will achieve the very enlightenment Rabbi Cousens and Torah promise them.”
—Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Tanya, the Masterpiece of Hasidic Wisdom
“In my book Times for Redemption I point out how important it is for us to prepare the vessels to hold the spiritual energy needed for redemption. Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment is an inspired offering to help us prepare our vessels.”
—Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, author of Letters of Fire, Above the Zodiac, From Hinduism Back to Judaism, and Times for Redemption

“Rebbe Gabriel Cousens’s deep and profound book is reopening a door to Judaism and Torah that has been closed in my heart for a long time. Through Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment I can now begin to understand the spiritual teachings of the Torah, how inspiring and beneficial they are for me as well as for the many Jewish members within our Sufi spiritual community. I appreciate the rebirth into the Jewish tradition within my heart and experience.”
—Jason D. Groode, senior director of Sufis Hawaii

Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment is a fascinating gateway into some of the most profound mysteries of creation. Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, attempts to unlock the gate to give us a taste of some of the sparks of the inner Torah through modern science and Kabbalah. Thirty years ago I saw a similar work on Bereisheet called Beginning and Upheaval written by Rabbi Meir Leibush Malbim and translated by physicist Dr. Zvi Faier, a close disciple of Rabbi Dr. Chiam Zimmerman, one the great rabbis of the last generation. After seeing that work I am not at all surprised by what Rabbi Cousens is doing here. This book should be used as an eye and mind opener and we should all value what King David asked: Open my eyes so I can see the wonders of your Torah. For us there is no greater wonder than to see the integration of wisdom and Torah rolled into one.”
—Rabbi Moshe Schatz, author of Maayan Moshe, Tikun Lail Shavoout of the Rabbi Shalom Sharabi, Keter Malchut on Seferot H a’omer, and Sparks of the Hidden Light

“For years, as a Jewish woman separated from my roots, I have been seeking the doorway to Enlightenment through Judaism. And here it is. Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, has brought the life and soul back to one of the greatest spiritual paths in the world in a way that has dramatically and profoundly touched the essence of my soul. Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment is a God-inspired door opener into the great ancient teachings, a guide to help prepare people to receive the messianic energies of liberation that have been prophesized.”
—Trudy Green, current manager of Aerosmith and previous manager of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Heart, and Perry Farrell

About the Author

Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, is a world-recognized medical doctor and spiritual teacher. He is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation, which trains Essene priests and priestesses and coordinates international humanitarian programs benefiting disadvantaged families, children, and indigenous cultures through holistic education. At the age of forty Cousens began to study the Torah and kabbalistic texts intensely. He studied under several orthodox rabbis and, in 1996, officially began twelve years of rabbinical studies and training under Rabbi Gershon Winkler, whose father had been the chief orthodox rabbi for Copenhagen, Denmark. He received smecha in 2008.
Rabbi Cousens is also the founder and director of the Tree of life Rejuvenation Center, where he has developed a world-famous program to heal diabetes naturally (healing up to seventy percent of Type 2’s). He has lectured on this program at many medical schools and centers around the world and provides spiritual and nutritional teaching in a wide range of countries including the United States, Israel (where he founded a Tree of life Europe/Israel center), Canada, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Japan, Argentina, Nigeria, Ghana, and almost every country in Europe. Cousens is the author of numerous books including There Is a Cure for Diabetes, Creating Peace by Being Peace, Spiritual Nutrition, Conscious Eating, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, and Depression-Free for Life (which contains his ninety-percent-effective program to heal depression naturally). In addition, he offers a free two-hour internet TV show called Alive with Gabriel in which he lectures and discusses spiritual, family, and relationship matters as well as spiritual nutrition issues. Rabbi Cousens lives in Patagonia, Arizona. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 692 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942499
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gabriel Cousens is the author of seven internationally acclaimed books including Spiritual Nutrition and Creating Peace by Being Peace. Known worldwide as a spiritual teacher and the leading expert in live, plant-source nutrition, Dr. Cousens functions as a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, and cutting edge researcher on healing diabetes naturally.

He holds an M.D. from Columbia Medical School, a doctorate in homeopathy, and diplomas in Ayurveda, clinical acupuncture, and holistic medicine. His multi-cultural background as an ordained rabbi, an acknowledged yogi, and a four-year Native American sundancer, adds insight to his "whole-person enlightenment" teachings.

Dr. Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, an innovative holistic retreat center for the renewal of body, mind, and spirit, based in Patagonia, Arizona. In his book, There Is A Cure For Diabetes, Dr. Cousens presents his rejuvenation center's program for reversing diabetes naturally.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ailenda Upeniece on December 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward for this book for years, thinking that I will read it a little by little, but I truly literally swallowed in only few days! This book gave me answers to my most "I do not dare to ask" questions and confirmed "my own" insights of my inner spiritual journey. Gabriel's every sentence is written with deepest care, depth and Love for the Divine, wonderful mystery and warmness, which will soften the hardest heart. Many of us have so many wrong interpretations about God during all our lifetimes, so do not wonder if you find yourself sincerely crying from relief of the stones what are leaving your heart. Truly healing book, inspiring to go deeper in the Spiritual Journey and opening the Heart for the Divine. I would love if I could study Torah, Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah in Hebrew now! I knew that in my Heart I am a wild desert-kabbalist :-) The highest vibration of Love and Light for EVERYONE!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Len Moskowitz on February 23, 2014
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If you want to understand the traditional Jewish perspective on enlightenment and liberation, my opinion is that you won't find it in this book. I advise finding a more traditionally-grounded source from which to learn.

It could easily be construed from the description of this book that Gabriel Cousens has an Orthodox ordination and orientation. After all, it says that he studied under Orthodox rabbis and it refers to the rabbi who ordained him (Gershon Winkler) as the son of a Chief Rabbi.

Cousens is ordained Jewish Renewal. According to his Web site he runs a New Age-style organization specializing in holistic medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga, homeopathic medicine, juice fasting retreats, acupuncture and veganism. On his Web site he calls himself "Essene Master Rabbi" (referring to the long-dead Dead Sea sect of second Temple times) and offers training to become a modern Essene, along with another teacher who is a Channeler.

Gershon Winkler is currently a shaman, having left Orthodox Judaism behind long ago.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Ribner on July 22, 2012
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Rabbi Dr. Gabriel Cousins has been a trailblazer in the raw food movement. As a medical doctor who has been innovative in alternative medicine, he has helped to restore vibrant health to so many people who were unable to cure their chronic and acute illnesses elsewhere. What is not widely known that he is a meditation master, a kabbalistic scholar, and an observant Jew.
. This book " Torah as a Path for Enlightenment" reveals the most profound teachings in an easy conversational tone that makes it accessible to people of all backgrounds. As he shares his research, his wisdom, authentic source material, he opens the heart of the reader. Not only is the wisdom in this book holy, this book itself is a spiritual transmission. I recommend it to all. This book is a gift to to those who seek a door into the depths of Torah, as well as for those who are highly knowledgeable. Everyone will benefit from reading and meditating on the wisdom in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Michael Shevack on June 12, 2013
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I personally found Rabbi Cousens' book to be a wonderful, ongoing study supplement to the weekly Torah portion.

While much has been written about Torah from the perspective of the projected future messianic kingdom, what I especially helpful is Rabbi Cousens' shift to an inward present emphasis:

Instead of praying for the Messiah to come in our lifetime, Rabbi Cousens changes the emphasis: "Can the Messiah actually come in OUR lifetime"? But this statement is now equivalent to, in contemporary, spiritually-inspired language, "CAN WE, in our personal lifetime, gain enlightenment?"

This is what gave Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment its value to me. Rabbi Cousens does not emphasize the historical aspects of covenant, as much as the personal aspects of individual spiritual transformation, the covenant-within, "the circumcized heart" of Jeremiah (and in principle, for Christians, Paul) which of course is necessary for its expression with-out. In essence, he takes the projective telos of messianic culmination, and translocates it to the known, intimate personal horizon. It is from here the sunrise comes:
I found the message of this book illuminating: that the Great Torah Way is a complete path to liberation equal to (though still unique) to any other spiritual path on the planet. I found it encouraging to that those spiritual seekers born into Judaism do not have to go anywhere else to find spiritual experience and liberation.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Dodick on March 7, 2012
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I was thrilled when I learned years ago that Rabbi Cousens was working on this commentary. It was well worth the wait. Having been a student of Torah for years in my Reform Synagogue, I was familiar with the works of Gunther Plaut and Leiber and Harlow. I deeply love the study of Torah and I am continually awed at the direct application each weekly Parsha has on my life at the moment!
"Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment" takes my study to a new level of depth, understanding and appreciation. Rabbi Cousens brings a richness and perspective that does not require one to be experienced at Torah study or even to be Jewish for that matter. This book can awaken your soul and guide you to the Divine!
I will return again and again for the wisdom in these pages.
I feel deeply grateful and blessed that it is finally available.
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