There are some healers who chart a path towards their desired goal, and who then spend many years acquiring the education and knowledge they need to start helping people with their health and happiness. I think it’s safe to say that this is definitely the prevalent model in West.
But that’s not the way Herschel Lazaroff started doing what he’s come to call ‘kosher healing’. When Herschel first got in touch with me, I asked him for some rabbinic references before I’d be happy to do a write up on his unique healing approach.
He emailed me back a whole bunch of names, including:
Rabbi Avraham Osdoba, Rabbi Mendel Feldman of Baltimore, Rabbi Shmulevitz, a Dayan in The Fallsburg Yeshiva, the Biala Rebbe, Rabbi Pinchus Rabbinowitz, Rabbi Yaacov Breitowitz of Ohr Samayach, Yerushalayim and Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Morgenstern.
If Herschel’s approach is good enough for them, then it’s plenty good enough for me, too, and I settled in to learn more about kosher healing, and the person behind it.
Herschel was learning physics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor when he had something of an epiphany, and realized that “academia was not my ultimate purpose. After I spent two more years running a marketing company, I decided to study psychology, and ended up writing my thesis on how people can actually reach their potential,” he explains. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it was to become the basis of what I am doing now, ~42 years later."
In 1976, Herschel started to draw closer to Chabad chassidut, and in 1978 the late Lubavitcher Rebbe responded to a letter Herschel sent him by inviting him to become his follower. After a few years in the healthy food business, including offering New Yorkers their first taste of 100% kosher and organic whole wheat challah, and introducing more soy-based products to the US, in 1991 Hershel started to move out of food, and more towards well-being.
“In 1991, I started the Healthy Strategies for Successful Living program for inmates in the maximum and medium security prisons in Woodbourne, New York,” he says. “Then in 1994, I started what was going to become Energy Resonant Transference (ERT), and then a year later I created The Centre For the Advancement of Creativity and Human Potential.” But it was only a couple of years later, that Herschel got the ‘push’ to start doing his healing work full time.
He explains what happened, to catapult him on to his new path in life:
“My wife, Chana, works in pediatrics. In the late 1990s, she started teaching and facilitating Health Kinesiology (HK), and I attended many of the workshops and training sessions with her. We were at a conference in Vermont when the big, life-altering revelation occurred.”
Herschel’s attention was drawn to a sign which read: Have Your Aura Read. A couple of minutes later, Herschel was hooked up to a biofeedback device that took a picture of his aura, which was then printed off for the lady who owned the machine to interpret.
“She said, "I've never seen anyone whose entire being is healing energy, you have very powerful thoughts and you are a good teacher.” Shortly afterwards, Chana had a kinesiology clinic in the Chassidic community of Tosh, near Montreal, Canada, and Herschel successfully dealt with the extras. That really marked the beginning of his new career, and his new approach to healing, which he came to call ERT, or Energy Resonant Transference.
“Everything that exist contains a soul, or nefesh and vibrates at a unique and specific frequency,” he explains. “When someone is taught how to pick up these signal – or when they are ‘pre-wired’ to tune in to them, like I am, you can interpret them. Technically speaking, ERT works by taking in and giving over information that the soul then processes, and turns into biochemical and neural chemical reactions and processes that are directly related to healing.”
Herschel says that he’s developed an intricate, 28 step mechanism that he calls a ‘Kabbalisic Holistic Algorithm’ that permits him to tune into people’s spiritual DNA, which he defines as their character traits.
“One of the major components why ERT works so well is because it helps to remove negative subconscious blocks, and takes the "charge" out of past traumas,” he explains. When an interaction or traumatic event sticks, you get a block. – and ERT removes blocks!”
But then he says– and this is part of what I love about interviewing Herschel about his approach - “Hashem heals! I am only the facilitator. People still need to do their homework and be consistent, but my entire process works totally as a function of Torah. This is Torah based healing.”
If a health practitioner doesn’t make sure to tell you that the real healing is coming from God at least once during your session with them, you should probably find someone else to treat you. So now, I have to know: Does ERT work well for everyone?
“Some people respond better than others,” he says. There are four different types of souls, which broadly match up with the four basic learning styles, namely:
In my work, I translate these four types as the:
“Do you have some real-life stories you can give me?” I ask him.
“Many. I worked with a famous healer in New York who had apparently untreatable breast cancer. A week after I started doing ERT with her over the phone, her tumor reduced 50% and she was totally clean after seven weeks without the need of radiation. There was another couple in the Bay Area who’d tried to conceive for 18 years, after having a miscarriage in the beginning of their marriage. Within two weeks the woman was pregnant.”
Herschel goes on to tell me about the 11 year old with ADD who was in a special-needs school who improved so much that within two years, he was getting As and Bs without needing a tutor of additional resource work. Then, he tells me about a boy he helped after he’d been locked down in a psych ward, where the doctors had tried every drug under the sun and shock therapy to try to drag him out of his catatonic state. “Within one hour, he was up and dancing around the ward with me,” recalls Herschel. “After seven sessions he went to a rehab program and was 95% better in six months.”
Then, there is the famous Jewish reggae singer who managed to land a $9 million record deal with Sony, and a botched knee surgery that got totally turned around. And then there’s this story, which Herschel describes as being fresh out the oven.
“I was doing some shopping in a local store last week when a woman approached me and said: ‘Are you Herschel the healer?’ I said I was, and then she asked me: ‘Do you recognize me?’ I was honest, and said no. The woman continued: ‘I came to you a year and a half ago, about two years after my divorce. I was at the lowest point in my life, and I felt terrible, and extremely in the dumps. Since then, I lost 100 pounds and all my clients say I am one of the happiest and together people they know now! You encouraged me and told me I was worthwhile and even pretty. You changed my life forever! I cannot thank you enough."
At the heart of Herschel’s approach is the belief that with some training, with some assistance, and with a strong connection to God, the human body can be taught how to produce every bio and neuro-chemical required for its own healing.
“When a person is sufficiently spiritually attuned, there is no biochemical the human body can’t make,” he observes. “It just needs to be given some direction.”
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