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Far Journey: A Psychiatrist's Chronicle

is the story of therapy, of mythic symbol ... of the psychic dance between patient and healer ... and healer to his soul. Far Journey begins and ends at the interface between psychiatry and religion, dissolving the boundary which has for too long separated the two. It is a remarkable psycho-spiritual adventure.
---- Ze'ev ben Jacob
Far Journey: A Psychiatrist's Chronicle is an intriguing true story told with such a deft narrative style that it reads as if it were a novel, unfolding details of a doctor-patient relationship that reaches into the realm of faith and the mystical.
While the book examines several cases dealt with by Dr. Rex Cordis during 1973, at the core is the story of Cordis' treatment of Renata Delacross, an aristocratic young woman who suffers from "hypochondriasis, marijuana addiction and schizophrenia," as a note of referral from another doctor states.
Since "organic" treatment hasd been unsuccessful, a different approach is deemed necessary, and that's what Cordis offers.
Amid other demands on his time, he begins seeing Miss Delacross, talking with her about her life, dreams and experiences. At 24, she has done some globe-spanning travel and encountered numerous people and intrigues.
After being briefly removed from the case by family members, Cordis eventually resumes sessions with her. He utilizes interpretation of various symbols to begin to understand her problems and to lead her on an inward journey.
Although he is Jewish, Cordis begins to guide Miss Delacross, a Catholic, back toward her faith.   
One of the most inrtriguing features of the book is the exploration of mythic symbols and various aspects of dreams.
Cordis is obviously a Renaissance man. He can draw on a vast field of knowledge ranging from history, to poetry and literature to mysticism to help Miss Delacross.
As her journey begins, he explains it is a trip inward: "Perhaps yours is to be a journey to yourself. A voyage to your inner center, where you will encounter the living mystery of the unconscious. On such a journey you go alone. Such a journey -- and I stress this -- requires the heart and mind of a true adventurer."
The trip is an enthralling one for the reader. Especially fascinating are Cordis' examinations of Miss Delacross' dreams as he follows patterns and relates seemingly unrelated strands.
The story is also enriched by Miss Delacross' background, which includes locales as Casablanca and intrigues tied to the Shah of Iran's secret police.
Also significant are the examination of ties between Judaism and Christianity and the overall nature of faith and its importance in human happiness.
     ----- Sidney Williams, Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Alexandria-Pineville, La., Sunday, August 1, 1993.

Faith In A Hurting World

Explore what faith has to offer with insightful books from InfoFaith Communications, Inc. Faith in a Hurting World by Roy Hanu Hart is a perceptive book that will open your eyes to new ways of thinking and strengthen your faith in ways you never thought possible.

It doesn't matter if you have no faith. We live in a time when non-belief is in fashion. Such disbelief has been going on for centuries. Reading Faith in a Hurting World by Roy Hanu Hart, a psychiatrist with 40 years of experience, including pioneering work in religiotherapy, may lead you to find faith. If you already possess faith, this remarkable book may help reinforce your faith--an intellectual and spiritual reward that many deep thinking and lay minds alike experience.

You face huge challenges as you explore the vast, complex frontier of faith. The problem is there's no clear compass that keeps you pointed toward a precise destination. That's why recent polls show people are drifting away from religion. More than a quarter of respondents say they don't practice any kind of religion and half of them seldom, if ever, attend religious services.

Ladder in Sky, Religious Book in Alexandria, LA

Also lingering in the minds of many people today lurk memories of centuries of trouble, turbulence, and tribulation. Such terror and torture that people have known down through the ages have tested whether their faith would survive. Yet today you are likely to be among many who are mired in a roiling religious cauldron of overwhelming cynicism.

You have good reasons to welcome Faith in a Hurting World.

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Jesus Before Christianity

More than 200 million books and articles have been written about Jesus of Nazareth. Here comes one more, Jesus Before Christianity, written by Roy Hanu Hart, M.D. (InfoFaith Communications, 118 pp., 2006). So why another one?

That's because Jesus Before Christianity, although a small book, treats a big issue that provides Jews with a greater understanding of Jesus and Christians with a better insight into the Jewish view on the subject.

Dr.Hart, a Jewish physician married to Cecilia Therese Chen-Wu, a Catholic, is the founder of InfoFaith Communications, Inc., which is dedicated to building bridges of cooperation between the two faiths.

The author, whose specialty is psychiatry, also has spent years in the study of theology, especially the history and religion of the first century. In Jesus Before Christianity, as his encyclopedic mind has done with his previous books, he connects all the dots that span a turbulent era, including events of the period, geography of the time, customs, culture, beliefs, philosophies, personalities, and sacred literature.

With a physician's discipline, Dr. Hart examines the first century as he would a patient. His diagnosis, presented in layman's language, gives the reader a clear and candid insight into how the roots of the world's first and then only monotheistic religion, Judaism, laid a foundation that would inspire the emergence of what has become a widespread-growing religion now embracing more than two billion lives.

The result is that this little volume provides a valuable resource for fostering respectful discussion and action.

As a starting point, Dr. Hart believes that for Jews the essence of Jesus is that he was a man, a teacher, a rabbi; for Christians he was divine, special, powerful, casting an influence upon a wider audience. For both, he died to make men holy, encouraging them in a tumultuous, brutal, pagan first century to strive to be perfect in goodness and righteousness.

In JBC, the author pointedly states his view that Judaism is for Jews and that the big issue for 21st century Jews is that they need not continue to harbor their centuries-old negative attitudes toward Jesus and, in the process, need not be persuaded by well-meaning perhaps sincerely overzealous, Christians into accepting "Jesus as your Savior." Indeed, Dr. Hart is confident that Jews can accept Jesus' teachings and yet remain 100 percent Jewish as he has.

In fact, the author of JBC, as he also reveals in his other writings, is himself close to Jesus, whom he presents here as a great first-century interpreter of the Torah. Although Dr. Hart recognizes that Jesus has come to be regarded as the greatest of figures in history, the author does not concern himself with Jesus' resurrection-identity as God incarnate, which, he concedes, is a Christian, not a Jewish,matter.

What Dr. Hart clearly presents is a picture of Jesus' career as an innovative member of the rabbinic guild of his time -- a rabbi who preached his kingdom theology, the heart of his teaching, that becomes the central theme of JBC.

The author also puts into perspective a practice common to both faiths when he explains that the Lord's Prayer, which every Christian recites regularly, is very much a Jewish prayer -- akin to the Kaddish -- and is part of his kingdom theology.

Dr. Hart further explains that Jesus taught in parables, which may seem strange to today's readers of the New Testament, but it was a common technique of the rabbis of his time, thus reinforcing the view of Jesus being thoroughly Jewish.

Although JBC is a compact volume, the author brilliantly compresses many relevant elements into a context readers can readily follow. He puts into focus the role of Roman rule as the evil empire of its time, the gospels, Joseph and Mary, circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth, education of the young Jesus, brothers of Jesus, John the Baptist, Simon Peter, Pharisees and Sadducees along with Essenes and Zealots, Dead Sea Scrolls, the disciples, House of David lineage, and many more developments.

Through it all, Dr. Hart shows Jesus' love was for all humanity with a realization that his message was for everyone as he stressed mercy and salvation and love of neighbor.

The author observes that Jews of today need to separate the man who belongs to Judaism from the god that Paul (ne Saul of Tarsus) made him out to be. Actually, Dr. Hart adds, Jesus in life saw himself as a messenger sent by God with a message for mankind. In time, the author writes, Christianity would turn the messenger into the message, although Jesus played no part in what would be his deification.

Here Dr. Hart further explains why Jesus as a deity is a concept alien to the Jewish mind: no Jew can worship a dead Jew, based on the lesson left from the death of Moses as he walked off into the hills at the end of his life so that the people would not have his body to worship.

Still another major point the author brings forward, besides presenting Jesus as a teacher, preacher, and healer, Dr. Hart also classifies him as a prophet. This he admits is an astonishing position for a Jew to take inasmuch as Jewish tradition holds that the Age of Prophecy had ended with Malachi four centuries before Jesus lived. The author also dares to make the other eyebrow-raising point that Jesus' cousin, John the Baptist, also be classified as a prophet.

With a reference to physics, Dr. Hart describes the electron behaving as though it is both a particle and a wave without appearing contradictory. Likewise, he concludes that Jesus takes one identity for Jews and another for Christians.

JBC reflects the author's enormous research and deep reflection. The book distills a vast amount of knowledge as it renders a respectful account of the man called the most influential person ever in the civilized world. Dr. Hart's faithful treatment of the subject will resonate meaningfully with both Jews and Christians.

In his examination of a long-standing religious issue, Dr. Hart's diagnosis is that today's age calls for a new look at Jesus by Jews. The doctor/author is confident that readers will not be disappointed by how he "rehabilitates" Jesus for Jews, while leaving the Christian Jesus intact for Christians to continue to follow as they have been doing for two millennia.

With this desire, JBC should take another step in the mission of InfoFaith Communications, Inc. to contribute toward better understanding between Jews and Christians.

---Ze'ev ben Jacob

Journey of Faith

Here is an example of how Freud's "idiographic" mind worked -- and of his interest in numbers. While correcting the proofs of his book The Interpretation of Dreams in 1899, he wrote a friend that he had reached the point where he was so fed up with the chore that he would make no further corrections "even if it contained 2467 mistakes." Now, most of us would say we won't make one more correction even if there are 100 or 1000 errors. Freud being Freud, he set about analyzing himself to find out how he had come with such a number as 2467.
At breakfast he had been reading the Vienna newspaper and had come across an item about the retirement of a certain Colonel M as Inspector-General of Ordinance. He had commented to his wife that he himself hoped to be able to work another 24 years. Freud recalled that he had met Colonel M while a medical student at the University of Vienna and it was on his 24th birthday.  Thereafter he followed the career of the colonel with some interest, and when he read about his retirement, he began musing on his own eventual retirement. He was 43 at the time. The pieces came together. If he worked 24 more years, he would be 67 when it came time to close out his practice. Thus the number 2467....

Journey of Faith Book, Judeo-Christian Books in Alexandria, LA

Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical study of God, in its strictest sense refers to the medieval Jewish mystical tradition. My kabbalistic psychotherapy (KPT) is a system of psychodynamic psychotherapy incorporating elements from Kabbalah. I extended the scope of KPT by adding an English-language approach, so that much of what I was doing in this area could be labeled neokabbalistic therapy. In my KPT work, I would make extensive use of gematria, or Jewish numerology -- the interchanging of Hebrew numbers and letters. By adapting it to the mnemonicist's number letter system [q.v.], I had transformed it, while at the same time widening its applicability, into what could be called neogematria.

Some patients who came to see me would begin by being hung up by that bugaboo, mysticism. I would explain to them that in my hands mysticism was stripped of its age-old deadweight -- witchcraft, magic, divination -- and what I was following was a system that could at times connect with the transcendent, that which lies beyond time and space...The idea behind KPT was to seize upon those special moments, rare moments when a window into the noetic realm -- the spiritual realm -- would open....

---- from Journey of Faith, 2003, pp. 150-151


You are five numbers away from a life-altering discovery! Author Roy Hanu Hart reveals the sacred "numbers of heaven" you need to know about in his new book, Journey of Faith. Picture yourself finding inner peace, God's love, and renewed energy for your own journey through life--whether it's personal matters, business-related issues, or professional performance. You can easily cultivate an awareness of these numbers anywhere or anytime, be it in church or in synagogue, at work or at home, as quickly as you want, or as leisurely as you wish.

Knowing the sacred numbers of heaven can actually help you point to the evidence of God's existence. Isn't it comforting to know that by developing a sense for such numbers you'll also feel yourself traveling with God's presence, giving you a sureness of strength, guidance, and hope?

Certain numbers do add up to serene power. They make your search for God more significant. They let you grasp His wholeheartedness. They allow you to embrace His nearness.

When you become sensitized to those sacred numbers, you'll further recognize His presence in the wonders of the Earth, at the contour of the land, on the shore of the sea, and by the sound of the raging surf. And when these special numbers permit you to find the proof of His presence, you will discover your own life's truth.

That's why Roy Hanu Hart says in his book that these are the sacred numbers that fortify your faith.

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Journey's End

Is there a God, or is there not a God? That is the most important question you will ask during your lifetime. Do not look to science for your answer. Science tells us how the universe runs, not who or what made it nor why.

Do theologians, titular guardians of the Great Mystery, have the answer? The 16th-century Anglican churchman Richard Hooker defined theology as the science of the divine. Today we would substitute “study” or even “pursuit” for “science” in Hooker’s definition. The study into God’s essence goes on, but no one knows what God is, except to resort to descriptive terms, e.g., immaterial, spiritual, transcendent, immanent, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, and in Christianity, love. In the final analysis, those who accept the reality of God do so on faith.

We are either living in salvation history or we are not. Salvation history posits that this is God’s universe and God is in charge. There are those who hold to this view, and then there are those who do not. The choice is ours as to which of these approaches to life we decide to follow.  Physician/scientist Roy Hanu Hart, in his autobiography, Journey’s End: The Name, tells the story of how he chose the path that leads to God.

Hart knew from his early years, when his grandfather bequeathed the 2000-year-old name of his ancestors to him, that he had a rendezvous with God…and he kept it. His is an unusual story which he now shares with his readers. If you are looking for “proof” of God’s existence, what you will encounter in Journey’s End will bring you about as close to such proof as you will ever find…or need. And after 86 years on Earth, Hart can say unabashedly, “Life goes better with God.”

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