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Books by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens

Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment

Inspired by intense stud­ies, med­i­ta­tion, and a vari­ety of teach­ings from the great Torah sages, best-selling author Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, presents the fifty-two parashas of the Torah as a prac­ti­cal path to lib­er­a­tion. His inter­pre­ta­tions focus on Enlight­en­ment (Deveikut/Chey’rut), what he feels is one of the main orig­i­nal inten­tions of the Torah. It pro­vides a mul­ti­di­men­sional analy­sis and a per­spec­tive that is often miss­ing from con­ven­tional teach­ings. Torah as a Guide to Enlight­en­ment con­veys liberation/enlightenment under­stand­ings not only to those with Jew­ish and Chris­t­ian back­grounds, but to any­one seek­ing to recon­nect with their spir­i­tual roots.

Reviews for Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment

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

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

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.”

– Rabbi Michael She­vack, author of The Six Fix. A Sim­ple, Spir­i­tual Guide to Restor­ing America’s Good­ness and Adam & Eve, Mar­riage Secrets from the Gar­den of Eden

Cre­at­ing Peace by Being Peace

Rep­re­sent­ing a syn­the­sis of the author’s decades of mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary work in med­i­ta­tion, psy­chi­a­try, psy­chother­apy, and spir­i­tu­al­ity, Cre­at­ing Peace by Being Peace guides read­ers in cre­at­ing peace on seven lev­els of engage­ment, from the phys­i­cal body to the ecol­ogy and ulti­mately to God. Author Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD addresses the increas­ingly urgent need to trans­form humankind with the ancient peace wis­dom of the Essenes, a Judaic mys­ti­cal group that flour­ished two mil­len­nia ago. He begins by explain­ing the Essenes and the lessons they can teach us as cre­ators of peace. Indi­vid­ual chap­ters cover a wide range of pos­si­bil­ity, from the per­sonal (“Peace with the Mind”) to the polit­i­cal (“Peace with the Com­mu­nity”). The final chap­ter, “Inte­grat­ing Peace on Every Level,” presents a com­pre­hen­sive plan for peace with the body, mind, fam­ily, com­mu­nity, cul­ture, ecol­ogy, and God as a per­va­sive expe­ri­ence in life—moment to moment, day by day. Cousens blends doc­u­men­tary evi­dence with orig­i­nal inter­pre­ta­tion to show that the Essenes actu­ally did live this expe­ri­ence of peace. Most impor­tantly, he trans­fers their gift to mod­ern seek­ers as a breath­ing blue­print for real­iz­ing this real­ity as we walk in our lives; work accord­ing to our gifts, joys, and sacred design; and live the path of spir­i­tual awakening—the sev­en­fold peace.

Reviews for Cre­at­ing Peace by Being Peace

Gabriel Cousens’ call to wake up from the herd men­tal­ity, to move beyond dual­ism and become, in our eat­ing, in our liv­ing, and in our sex­u­al­ity, the unity to which we aspire is the har­bin­ger of the peace that our planet so badly needs.”

—Rabbi Michael Lerner, edi­tor of Tikkun mag­a­zine and chair of the Net­work of Spir­i­tual Progressives

“Cre­at­ing Peace by Being Peace is an act of uni­ver­sal love offered by Dr. Cousens to all sen­tient beings. My prayer is that it will be appre­ci­ated not only as a schol­arly spir­i­tual study, but as the prac­ti­cal solu­tion to the chal­lenges of twenty-first-century liv­ing that it is.”

Michael Bernard Beck­with, founder of Agape Inter­na­tional Spir­i­tual Cen­ter and author of A Man­i­festo of Peace and Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast

I con­sid­er­Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, MD, to be a true fol­lower of the Essene tra­di­tion. He has pen­e­trated the mean­ing of the Sev­en­fold Path of Peace.”

Norma Nils­son Bordeaux-Szekely, suc­ces­sor to Pro­fes­sor Edmond Bordeaux-Szekely and direc­tor of the Inter­na­tional Bio­genic Society

I love Cre­at­ing Peace by Being Peace! It gives us golden keys to human ful­fill­ment: body, mind, and soul in har­mony with human­ity, the earth, and the heav­ens. It is an excel­lent man­ual for our evo­lu­tion­ary tran­scen­dence into the third millennium.”

Robert Muller, for­mer assis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral of the United Nations and chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­sity of Peace

Gabriel Cousens is a gen­tle mas­ter on the path toward health for our­selves and our planet. He brings the great tra­di­tion of the Essenes to us in mod­ern lan­guage so that it can be used in every aspect of our daily lives.”

Bar­bara Marx Hub­bard, author of Con­scious Evo­lu­tion and Emer­gence and stateswoman and founder of Foun­da­tions for Con­scious Evolution

Cousens’ inno­v­a­tive, holis­tic vision of peace is a wel­come new insight that deserves the atten­tion of any­one con­cerned with liv­ing more consciously.”

East West Journal