Author Archive for: Eliezer
Eliezer Sobel is the author of Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults. He created it for his own mother, currently in her 15th year of Alzheimer’s disease. Although his mom had lost all of her language skills and spoke only with nonsense words, one day Eliezer made an astounding discovery.
He happened upon his mother flipping through a magazine, reading aloud the big print, in English! He suddenly realized his mother could still read; perhaps not a paragraph or even a sentence, but individual words and short phrases. He immediately went in search of a simple, adult picture book written for people with dementia, and was shocked to learn that there are over 20,000 books aimed at the caregiver, and virtually none for the actual person being cared for! So he felt compelled to fill this gap himself.
Eliezer is also the author of Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That is Heartbroken, winner of the Peter Taylor Prize For the Novel; a memoir, The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist’s Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics and Other Consciousness-Raising Experiments; Wild Heart Dancing: A Personal One-Day Quest to Liberate the Artist and Lover Within; and an e-book: Why I Am Not Enlightened.
Eliezer was the Publisher and Editor of the Wild Heart Journal: Art, Creativity & Spiritual Life, and the Associate Publisher and Editor of The New Sun magazine in the late 70s. He blogs for Psychology Today and is a certified teacher of The 5Rhythms® Movement Practice, as developed by his late teacher of 34 years, Gabrielle Roth.
Sobel , 62, has led creativity, singing, movement and meditation retreats and workshops throughout the United States. He and his wife Shari Cordon are currently in transition after 15 months of living in his childhood home, caring for his 91-year-old parents.
For more information, please visit eliezersobel.com.
Entries by Eliezer Sobel
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