Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz
Phone Teacher Resume
I. Introductory Information
What follows is an offer to those special people who
want to be taught or counseled over the phone, either one-on-one or in
a small group. I've been doing phone consultations, usually an hour a
week per person, for the last two years. My students include rabbis,
C.P.A.s, lawyers, businessmen, stockbrokers, healers of various kinds,
and a wide variety of people who wish to return to their Jewish
heritage. Look below, under "approbations," to find what these
individuals say about my teaching. My students are beginning to be
curious as to what my other students are learning, and are starting to
write web-site responses to my teachings. The result is a kind of
international community, or "family" of learners. I encourage you to
consider joining this unique family. Read on, and consider whether this
might be something you are meant to do.
II. Personal and Educational Background
I was born in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from New
Mexico State University. I've spent 22 years in Jerusalem and Beitar,
and have a large family. I've studied for 18 years in Jerusalem's major
Kabbalistic Yeshivot. My practice is to begin my studies at midnight,
continuing for most of the day. I sleep only four hours each day. My
teachers include the Kabbalist Rabbi Shmuel Darzi, head of Nayot Brama
Yeshiva (8 years) and Rabbi Yitzchak Bracha, Kabbalist and head of
Ateret Yitzchak Yeshiva and a Talmud Torah for boys and girls in Beitar
(12 years). In my work I focus on translating the very abstract "code"
of Kabbalah into a language that is understandable to everyone and that
links Jewish mystical thought with the wisdom of other traditions.
Practically, this has involved being a teacher, a co-writer of a book
on reincarnation, a writer of numerous articles, and a Kabbalistic
consultant to professional healers, business people, educators, etc.
For the past eight years, I've worked as a counselor, both in and out
of Jerusalem's Aish Hatorah Institute. Two years ago I founded the
Paradise Principle Institute here in Jerusalem, which blends
self-actualizing activities and Jewish spirituality. My aim in all
these activities has been to help my clients achieve emotional healing,
self-actualization, and transcendence.
III. Phone-Call Class Descriptions
The following are a sample of classes that I teach:
perhaps one of these will appeal to you, or perhaps you would want a
combination of them, or perhaps you will come up with something totally
Learning the essence and many associated realms of each of the ten
Working with various weekly assignments designed to internalize each
sefira in your life.
Working towards attainment of a rich, sefiroticly full and healthy
personality, despite obstacles
Experimenting with some form of creative response to express that
week's sefirotic theme (so far, students' replies have consisted of
songs, poems, divine psychic communication, medical articles, dream
interpretations, compositions, meditations, and business advice).
"Ratzon" counseling consists primarily of finding out your calling in
life and then actualizing it.
"Turkey healing" is a kind of spiritual and emotional transformation
that involves freeing up our blocks and eliminating ways in which we
sabotage ourselves (our "turkeys") through radical love and acceptance
of oneself, others, and G-d.
- Primal Judaism
Primal Judaism consists of unleashing our own and Judaism's hidden
wellsprings in a nuclear "primal" way. This includes the following:
- Torah learning
- Prayer, involving an 18-session course on each of
the Amida petitions
- Mitzvah performance--both a general approach and
one that is multi-mitzva
- "Mystical calendar"-- approaching Shabbat, the
holidays, and virtually all of the calendar days with a thorough
Kabbalistic understanding and a corresponding
alignment of one's psyche
- Torah in exile-- an exploration of how the
endless wisdom of Torah embodies virtually every kind of worldly
wisdom, and guidance on how to bring those
"sparks" back home.
- Kabbalah (text learning is possible)
- Essential Kabbalah--learning the classic themes
of Kabbalah, how they apply to your life and to the world, and
techniques through which these themes can
- Applied Kabbalah--learning how the major
paradigms of Kabbalah serve as a guiding light for many professions and
areas of knowledge
- The "Soul" of the Matter (text learning is
- Identification of soul levels and work with them
towards self perfection
- Gilgul neshamot (reincarnation), explored in
both theory and practice
- Creative Communication
- Written and oral replies to any and all of our
- Workshops that encourage expression in music,
art, writing, etc.
- The Tool Chest
Teaching various techniques and exercises designed to help you achieve
transcendence in many areas of your life, including:
- self actualization
- G-d connection
- information processing
- Teaching the fine art of being a creator and
manipulator of spiritual tools, so that you can devise your own tools,
contributing them to our tool chest
IV. Contact Information
E-mail me at YitzchakSchwartz@msn.com.
My cell phone (which I prefer, since e-mailing for me involves delays)
in Jerusalem, Israel is: 011 972 
54 846 9522
. The best times to reach me, Israel time (7 hours
ahead of Eastern Standard Time) are 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, but you can
leave a message anytime.
This website's classes and essays will give you an idea
of the content of what I teach by phone, though, of course, they can
provide only a small taste of what the private phone-call is like. They
demonstrate, however, the way that a caller-student becomes a creative
partner in shaping a class.
Payment for my classes is available in a non-profit
Approbations from my students:
Rabbi Yehuda Appel--Executive Director of Aish Hatorah
"Rav Yitzchak brings his own vast erudition in Kabbalah
along with access to the
great Kabbalistic masters of our time to provide a wonderful learning
Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, PhD--Associate Director of the
Manhattan Jewish Experience:
"Rabbi Schwartz is one of the outstanding teachers of
Kabbalah today. I have studied under him for the past two years. His
knowledge of Kabbalistic texts and his insight in their relevance to
the life of the modern Jew is outstanding. I'd recommend him to any
serious student of Torah who wishes to delve deeper."
Debra Chwast LISW, BCD, psychotherapist and cofounder
of two Jewish spiritual organizations in Cleveland, Ohio:
"As a therapist for over thirty years, I have found
that Yitzchak's teachings provide a unique opportunity for
life-changing personal and spiritual transformation. When he speaks,
you are in "Bina"--you hear what you know is true, but never formulated.
Rabbi Emanuel Gentilcore -- Executive Director of the
Visiting Students Association at Jerusalem's and other college campuses
"I personally recommend Rav Yitzchak's teachings to
anyone wanting to transform their life. He has a vast knowledge of
Kabbalistic sources and a gifted talent to turn esoteric truths into
meaningful and practical lessons for positive change."