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The Snake and the Four Winds ~ Nachash v' Arba Ruchot:: Jewish Entrances into the Indigenous Mind ~ A Journey of Memory and Healing Paperback – October 30, 2010
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Illana Berger, Ph.D. is a spiritual healer and counselor in private practice in San Francisco, Oakland & Santa Cruz, California. She teaches an enlightened approach to relationship, divorce and separation. She inspires the transformation of her client's lives from devastation to renewal. Illana has trained with healers and medicine people from around the world including Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, The Americas, Bali, Canada, Norway, and the Middle East. She facilitates adult and adolescent rite of passage and Vision Quest and has supported individuals in personal life questing and initiation for almost 20 years. Her work has taken her to Zimbabwe, Africa where she has connected with her tribal Jewish ancestors, the Lemba and where she underwent initiation in the Water Spirits within the Shona tradition. Illana is a practitioner of Jewish Shamanic Healing, Indigenous Ritual, Jewish Indigenous Wisdom, Women's Wisdom, Healing, and Ceremony. She has devoted much of her life to working with individuals seeking to heal their lives, their hearts and their minds. Using initiation, celebrations, meditation, journaling, and rituals she guides people through the transitions of life. She served as a Board Director for Journey to the Heart and coordinated the 2005 Gathering of Healers, Shamans and Wisdom Keepers of indigenous cultures from around the world. She was the Global Program Director for the Bali Institute for Global Renewal and Coordinator for "Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom and Dialogue for a Transforming World," taking place in Ubud, Bali in August, 2007 & 2008.
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Long from being a "dead" tradition, these earth-based beliefs are still practiced, often hidden under the wrappings of today's intellectual Judaism. Through her personal story of discovery, Dr. Berger uncovers these beliefs and practices and teaches the reader through her example how to reclaim these practices in our modern times. A wonderful book, it gives a very fresh perspective on Judaism, women's spiritual role within the tradition, and new and important interpretations of the Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah, prayer, and Jewish meditation.
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