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The myth of birthing the hero: A closer look at the pig in Proverbs xi What is this that you have done? Solomon and the two prostitutes. Scholars, witches, ideologues, and what the text said: Family metaphors and social conflicts in Hosea. The strange woman in Persian Yehud: Queen mothers and ancestors cult in Judah in the First Temple period. Prescripciones rituales sobre la impureza sexual de la mujer: The titles of the "secondary" wives in Genesis and Jubilees: Ruth and Tamar als fremde Frauen in dem davidischen Stammbaum.

Explorations on the theme of female characterisation in the Hebrew Bible. Hellenizing women in the biblical tradition: Constructing a new type of Jewish woman: The Song of Songs: The grammar of social gender in biblical Hebrew.

Der Fetus ist ein Glied seiner Mutter "ubar yerekh imo": Where is foreign wisdom to be found in Septuagint Proverbs? Women in the Old Testament: The soul is a foreign woman: The other woman in Proverbs: The woman and her sentence in ancient Judaism.

Concubines and conjugal rights: We have seen the enemy, and he is only a "she": Les femmes sans nom de la Bible. Mourning and loss and the life cycle in the Book of Ruth Bible week Die Zeit der Schwangerschaft. Explaining discrepancies in the purity laws on discharges. Israel und das Problem der Prostitution in exilischer und nachexilischer Zeit. Power, sexual status, and religion in the "Promised Land".

The Book of Ruth and its literary voice. Das Problem des eifernden Mannes: Eroticism, death and redemption: How a woman who fought back and demanded her rights became an importunate widow: Finding the naked woman in Hosea ii Gender and archaeology in Israelite religion.

A tale of two Tamars: The problem of the other ed woman in Nahum. No stelae, no queens: Ehebund als eine sexistische Beschreibung der Gottesbeziehung. Beauty queens and foetal containers: Jewish and Buddhist mothers in the early literatures. A gender perspective on the daughters of Zelophehad: Bible, talmudic midrash, and modern feminist midrash. The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures Women in Judaism 5,1 Women in Judaism 4,2 God, women and children. The trauma of otherness and hunger: The quest for the "eternal feminine": Women and the worship of Yahweh in ancient Israel.

Man, woman and God in Judg 4. Through the eyes of a serpent: Das Bild der Frau in der Prophetenliteratur Israels. Wozu brauchen wir das Alte Testament? Du Toit, Jaqueline S.. In the eyes of the beholder: The case of Hannah and Elkanah I Samuel 1, Hulda unter den Schriftgelehrten? Tora als Mitte von Prophetie. Women in Judaism 4,1 Die Frau als Gehilfin des Mannes? Israelite woman as object of carnal knowledge.

In and out of place: Subverting the biblical world: Archaeology and the theorizing of Israelite society. Between legislative and linguistic parallels: Bringing Miriam out of the shadows: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Phyllis Trible. Ethnicity, exogamy, and Zipporah. Deborah and Yael Judges 4. The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 5 The images of women in the Hebrew Bible.

On the legacy of "primitive communism". Does the Song of Songs have any connections to wisdom? Having men for dinner: Zwischen Kahlschlag, Durchforstung und neuer Pflanzung: Women in Old Testament legal procedures.

Lectio difficilior 1 11 pp. Mothers in the Hebrew Bible. Image of the woman of substance in Proverbs The women around Moses. Defilement of virgins in biblical law and the case of Dinah Genesis Misogyny and its discontents.

Hij maakt het wasvat met de "spiegels" der dienstdoende vrouwen Exodus Body parts as metaphor and the value of a cognitive approach: Women of Sodom and Gomorrah: Women in the wilderness: Sex, lies, and virginal rape: Cuerpos de mujeres y violencia: The choice to serve God and assist his people: The wife of Jeroboam, 1 Kings Regulating "sons" and "daughters" in the Torah and in Proverbs: Some reflections on violence against women and the image of the Hebrew God: Prophetinnen auf der Spur: Does the Old Testament refer to sacred prostitution and did it actually exist in ancient Israel?

Serving women and their mirrors: Rut als Figur des Lebens: Salomo und die Frauen. A midrashic lens on biblical women: Gravett, Sandra Lynne Sandie. Reading "rape" in the Hebrew Bible: The rhetoric of familiarity and contempt in Job 2: Women, fire and dangerous things in the Hebrew Bible: Les femmes dans la Bible.

Where the girls are: Hagar, mother of faith in the compassionate God. Mother and maiden, sister and spouse: Sarah in Philonic Midrash. Mille monete per Salomone: Written by men for men: Gender, class, and androcentric compliance in the rapes of enslaved women in the Hebrew Bible. Liebe und Tod im Ersten Alten Testament. The watcher at the window: Von Sarai zu Sarah: At home with the goddess.

Die biblische Vorstellungswelt und deren geschlechterpolitische Dimension: Prophetische Frauen am Zweiten Tempel? The Shulamite is not the Woman of Valor. La visione biblica del maschio e della femmina. Violence and the Old Testament. Menstrual impurity and innovation in Leviticus Sexual hospitality in the Hebrew Bible?.

A secular, Jewish, feminist look at the Bible. Reading the silence of women in Genesis Observations on women in the genealogies of 1 Chronicles Family in the Wisdom literature.

Tochter Zion im Jeremiabuch: Can daughters be sons? The daughters of Zelophehad in patriarchal and imperial society. Journeying with Sarah in a chorus of voices. Everyday life in biblical Israel: Sex and violence in prophetic marriage metaphors. The semantics of taboo: Sarah and Hagar as female representations of identity and difference. The woman in childbirth of John Als das Leben anfing Stadtfrau Zion und Erzmutter Sarah: Feministische Anthropologie des Ersten Testaments: Nehama on women and womanhood.

African American women and the Bible. The female imagery in the Book of Hosea: Wide gaps, narrow escapes: I am known as Rahab, the broad. Genesis matriarchs engage feminism. Is incest with a daughter permissible? The birth narrative as female counterpart to covenant.

Die Sklavin als Ehefrau: Between tradition and modernity: Negotiating the frame for viewing the death of Jezebel. From household to house of Yahweh: Having their space and eating there too: Feminist hermeneutics and evangelical concerns: The valiant woman, "gini sineti", and the redaction of the Book of Proverbs.

A portrait of Rebecca: At the threshing floor: Letters to the editor of Genesis. Una rilettura del libro di Ruth alla luce del femminismo ebraico. The woman mataphor of Ezekiel 16 and Reading abused female bodies in the Bible: Amsterdamse Cahiers voor Exegese van de Bijbel en zijn Tradities 19 Biblical woman, caught between father and husband.

The household in ancient Israel and early Judaism. If Esther had not been that beautiful: Spoken words, voiced silence: Wisdom literature and ecofeminism. Horst, Pieter Willem van der. Het graf van de profetes Hulda in de joodse traditie. Leung Lai, Barbara M.. Making sense of the biblical portrait: What really happened to Dinah: A feminist analysis of Genesis From Jezebel to Esther: Lovers and raisin cakes: Weisheit und Lebensart Israels in der Perserzeit.

What if Judges had been written by a Philistine? Reflections on the suffering of Rayna Batya and the success of the daughters of Zelophehad. Religious canon and literary identity. Into another scene of choices: Bekkum, Wout Jacques van. Eve and the Matriarchs: Women storytellers in ancient Israel. Mothers, sons and heroic infertility: Is Gomer the woman in Hosea 3? Feminist study of the Old Testament. Ten things every feminist should know about the Song of Songs.

The authority of Miriam: Does the law of Exodus The voice of the turtle: The souls that they made: Michal, the barren wife. Vom Prophetinnenwort zum Prophetenbuch: Jewish readings of Abigail and Bathsheba, both ancient and modern. Frauenstimmen im Alten Testament. A holy of holies: Margins, methods, and metaphors: Wayward women and broken promises: Positioning the wife of Jeroboam 1 Kings The daughters of Tzlafchad: Die Gerechtigkeit der Sophia: To bear, to teach: The liberated woman of valor.

Maria, "Figlia di Sion": The silent women of Yehud: Unveiling Esther as a pragmatic radical rhetoric. One man, or all humanity? A question in the anthropology of Genesis 1. Dressed to be killed: Connected by marriage, adultery and violence: Society of Biblical Literature: Bibelarbeit zu Abigajil 1. The daughters of your people: To shame or not to shame: Esther politicised in a personal context: Is there a place for women in the theology of the Psalms?

An investigation into the female imagery of the ancient Hebrew Psalter. The strange face of wisdom in the New Testament: Reading strategies and the story of Ruth. Hiding behind the naked women in Lamentations: Women in the synagogue. Frau und Adam hebr. Love of woman and love of God: Die Vorstellung von Zeugung und Schwangerschaft im antiken Israel. Cannibal mothers and me: Veuve sans enfants dans le royaume de Juda.

On Exodus 21,10 "Onah" and biblical marriage. Confronting redundancy as middle manager and wife: Frauen des Alten Testaments. Die Bibel in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des Narrative Analyse aus feministischer Sicht. Minimo vedemecum iconografico alla creazione della donna. Between ideology and tradition: Trebolle Barrera, Julio C. The treatment of women in Deuteronomy: Gedanken zum Introitus des 4.

Sonntags in der Fastenzeit. Rereading the body politic: Batmartha Petermann , Ina Johanne. Desolate Jerusalem and barren matriarch: Konnte eine Witwe die "nah a lah" ihres verstorbenen Mannes erben? Qoheleth the "old boy" and Qoheleth the "new man": Ruth, plaidoyer en faveur de la femme. Men are from Judah, women are from Bethlehem: Das Buch der Richter: The way of women: Qoheleth, misogyny and the "Malleus Maleficarum".

Virginity in the Bible. Zions Stimme in der Not. Forms of violence and the violence of forms: The seduction of Eve and feminist readings of the Garden of Eden. Women in Judaism 1,2 Biblical women that come in pairs: From tragedy to art and film: Frauen und Kinder nicht gerechnet.

One man among a thousand, but not a woman among them all: La biblica e la mitica "Madre dei Viventi". The four wives of Jacob: A bosadi womanhood reading of Genesis She said to him, he said to her: The duality in God and man: Toxic religion and the daughters of Job. Frauen im Zentrum der Geschichte Israels. Wisdom literature among the witchmongers. False weights in the scales of biblical justice? Different views of women from patriarchal hierarchy to religious equality in the Book of Deuteronomy.

The significance of "asher" in Qoh 7, Tra eros e sophia: They might be giants: Wives and daughters, bond and free: When is a widow not a widow? Guardianship provides an answer. The doom of Paradise: The cases of Bathsheba, Jezebel and Athaliah. The Northern Israelite queen mother in the Judaean court: Gott rechtfertigt sich selbst. Historical, hermeneutical, and methodological foundations.

Le roi, la femme et la sagesse: The cannibal women and their judgment before the helpless king 2 Kings 6: The Book of Ruth and the possibility of a feminist canonical hermeneutic. Images of women in the Old Testament.

The Hebrew God and his female complements. Woman wisdom and the strange woman: Le donne nei libri sapienziali. On reading Genesis Women in Judaism 1,1 Gott als Mutter in Jes 1,2. Childlessness and prayer in the Bible. Writing the "wrongness" of women: What did Laban demand of Jacob? A new reading of Genesis What will ye see in the Shulammite? Women, power and panopticism in the Song of Songs. Woman as divine agent in Ecclesiastes. A wealth of women: Die Frau des Bruders: Gedanken zu einem literarischen Motiv.

Challenged by the text: The equality of humankind from the perspective of the creation stories in Genesis 1: Mothers and sons in ancient Israel. Le donne e i figli di Davide. Hagar, victim or villain? La ruse biblique et les femmes.

Rachel weeping for her children: Texts in dialogue with texts: Sara, Raquel y Miriam: Machen Geburt und Monatsblutung die Frau "unrein"? What a lioness was your mother: Donne bibliche e "mondo alla rovescia" nei "Carmina Burana" 6 e Goddess, gods, men and women in Ezekiel 8. Bathsheba plotted, shot, and painted. The strange woman in Septuagint Proverbs. What happens to Ms Babylon in Isaiah 47, why, and who says so?

Bathsheba goes bathing in Hollywood: The wife of noble character in Proverbs Der Fluch der Mutter: Kooij, Arie van der. On male and female views in Judges 4 and 5. Feminine access to Jewish sacred space: Eve in the semiotic garden.

Im Vorzimmer der Unterwelt: The attitude to women in the Prologue of Targum Job. Gendering the discourse of display in the Hebrew Bible. Frauenfeindschaft im Alten Testament? Reflections on violence and pornography: The widow of Zarephath and the great woman of Shunem: The power struggle between man and woman Gen 3,16b.

Levitical thought and the female reproductive cycle: Deborah and Yael in Judges 4. The ethics of biblical violence against women. The rhetoric of biblical authority: John Knox and the question of women.

The city as woman: Racism and ethnocentrism in feminist biblical interpretation. Is there a word for the royal harem in the Bible? Unity of the Bible, unity of the Church: Die Stellung der Frau: Rizzante Gallazzi, Ana Maria.

Vernimm, Gott, mein Gebet: Psalm 55 und Gewalt gegen Frauen. The Queen of Sheba: Die Frau im Alten Testament. Von "Huren und Heiligen": Jerusalem als Ehebrecherin in Ezechiel Rizpa und das Ritual von Gibeon. Woman wisdom in the Book of Proverbs. Die Samaritanerin am Brunnen Joh 4. Feminist reading of the Hebrew Bible: Male and female slaves in the Sabbath Year laws of Exodus Gott und die Rolle der Frau in der Bibel. Feminism and scriptural interpretation: Structure, contradiction, and "resolution" in mythology: The Vulgate Genesis and St.

Esther, Judith, and Ruth: Status and role of female heroines in the biblical narrative. The wise women of 2 Samuel: La donna nella Bibbia: A meditation in mourning: Die Typologie der Frau in der Prophetenliteratur Israels.

Ten feminine archetypes in the Jewish Bible. Die Stellung von Mann und Frau in der Tora. The virginity of the "almah" in Isaiah 7, Sytuacja zawodowa kobiet w dawnym Izraelu. The literary influence of "the binding of Isaac" Genesis 22 on "the outrage at Gibeah" Judges The barren woman of Psalms ,9 and the housewife: The roots of restriction: Le statut de la femme dans la Bible.

The Jewish Woman The childless wife in Assyria and the stories of Genesis. The rape of Tamar. Das Bild der Witwe: Role of women in the Old Testament. Coats, George Wesley, Jr.. Numbers 5 and the "waters of judgement". Puntualizaciones sobre Gn 2: La mujer en la Biblia: La mujer en la Biblia. Jewish women in Eastern Europe. Critical studies of women in Jewish life: Recent literature on Jewish women.

Is woman just a mutilated male? Adam and Eve in the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Jews and Moors at the crossroads: Jewish women in the Jesus movement. A Christian means to a "conversa" end. Sara als Bild der Tugend: Jewish aspects of the "Protoevangelium of James". From the birth of Jesus to the resurrection: Martin Luthers Sicht einer beispielhaften Frau. Between Qumran and Corinth: Mothers, sisters, and elders: Biblische Theologie und Gewalt gegen Frauen: Gender, Judaism, and literature: Frauen im Umfeld Jesu.

The "bride" in John 3. The pro creative parables of labour and childbirth Jn 3. Das Wort ohne Vokale: Leviticus 12, Mary and wax: Ist Antijudaismus noch ein Thema im christlichen Feminismus?. Equal worth and gracious submission: The virile bride of Bernard of Clairvaux. Jesus, divorce, and sexuality: Christlicher Antijudaismus aus feministischer Perspektive.

On the trail of a good story: The doorway into freedom: Jesus and the adulteress. Der Brief an die Gemeinden in Galatien: Der Brief an die Gemeinde in Rom: A woman reads the Gospel of Luke: Gentiles and the Davidic tradition in Matthew. Woman as reflected in the biblical commentaries of Cipriano de la Huerga. Aus deutscher und feministischer Perspektive: Feministische Analysen und Alternativen. In the dangerous currents of old prejudices: Ancient Jewish "responsa" in the gospels?

Second Temple Judaism, Jesus, and women: Origine e portata della seduzione di Eva nel Corpus Paulinum 2Cor 11,3: When did the women visit the tomb? Sources for some temporal clauses in the Synoptic Gospels.

Ruth according to Ephrem the Syrian. Wife and sister through the ages: Appropriation, reciprocity, and issues of power [Jewish and Christian feminist theology]. The liberation of illegitimacy: Medieval interpretation of Gen. Menstruants and the sacred in Judaism and Christianity. Rachele e il pianto della madre nella tradizione cristiana antica.

La donna nella chiesa: Early Christian women and their cultural context: Medieval models of purity and sanctity: Ashkenazic women in the synagogue.

The rites of water for the Jewish women of Algeria: The return to the sacred: Community, fertility, and sexuality: Mikveh for women on erev Yom Kippur. The Hollekreisch in Alsace. Women, ritual, and secrecy: Marriage and varying customs. Husbands, wives, and childbirth rituals.

Customs of pregnancy and childbirth among Sephardic and Oriental Jews. Women and livelihoods in 1st century Palestine: American Jewish Communism and garment unionism in the s. Jewish women as providers in the generations following the expulsion from Spain. Gender, difference, and everyday life: Business women in the mishnaic and talmudic period.

Women in Judaism 2,2 The relationship between gender and performance issues of concern to directors: The economic productivity of medieval Jewish widows.

World Congress of Jewish Studies 11,B, vol. Spatial differences in the labour force participation of married women: Women, work and the law. A Jewish business woman of the 11th century. Pua Rakowska i jej walka o prawa kobiet: Nationalism, gender and religious education: Schooling for change in the religious world: Jewish women as learning different. Joining the faculty club: Jewish women academics in the United States.

Examining the role of gender studies in the teaching of talmudic literature. The call to serve: Learned Jewish women in antiquity. Bessie Gotsfeld, founder of Mizrachi Women of America. Rediscovering schools for Jewish girls in tsarist Russia. Educating Muslim girls in Mandatory Jerusalem. Jewish women reflect on adult study. Jewish women and adult Jewish education: Di Segni, David Gianfranco. Religion, study, and contemporary politics. Assimilation ist keine Einbahnstrasse: Cohen Ioannides, Mara W..

System medytacyjny dla dziewczat w Rydze, przed Holokaustem. Pioneers of modern Jewish and religious education for girls: Patterns of education and entry into first union among American Jewish women.

Women and the dialectic of spirituality in Hasidism. Mores and chores as determinants of the status of Jewish women in Libya. Integrating Jewish and feminist educational goals. Gender, identity, and community: Jewish university women in Germany and Austria. Sobre algumas feministas e seu destino no Egito medieval. The experience of religious fortification: Can teachers advance gender equality in society?

The quest for the historical Beruriah, Rachel, and Imma Shalom. Prayer and education in the life of Jewish women. Bildung und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung: Jewish education for women: Education for Jewish girls in the East: Der Exodus von Wissenschaftlerinnen: Beyond Heder, Haskalah, and honeybees: Some parallels in the education of medieval Jewish and Christian women.

Women and the study of Talmud. Educating for "proper" Jewish womanhood: Social History of Medicine 24,2 — Educating the "new" Jewish woman: From bourgeois Germany to Palestine: The First World War: Frauenideale und Frauenstatus in der "neuen Gesellschaft" des vorstaatlichen Israel.

Zionist women of the s: Women, womanhood, and ethnicity in Zionist Eretz Israel. Looking forward and backward: Loyalty, belonging, and their discontents: Material remains and social relations: Women as victims of war: Before I could speak she extended her hand and asked to introduce herself. She said all of the information given to me was correct except that she is not a travel agent but a visiting auditor of the company that employs me.

Apparently she was not sent specifically to only check me out, but she randomly checked other therapists at the spa, without identifying herself. Her comments were mainly about the marketing of the herbs. Although I suggested to continue with the treatments she had refused politely. One morning, before landing in Haiti, I scheduled to give a treatment at because the patient wanted to go off to the beach right after landing at to be the first one to take the Zip Line.

At I arrived at the deserted spa to check on the computer and see the schedule for the day. I saw a tall, solid man wandering around the desk. Ed said that he wanted a haircut, so right away I made an appointment for him at with Nazel. Ed was an incredibly nice man who immediately joked about losing his hair. We had a nice chat and suddenly I noticed that he had one eye with an internal hemorrhage. Ten minutes later he completed the intake form and lay down for a treatment. At noon he brought his wife for a treatment too.

His wife was treated for Arthritic knee pain and back pain which had been bothering her mind for long time. She felt instant relief from the first treatment onwards. They expressed their gratitude with a generous tip and gave me a very high quality white Ravens team T-shirt. This shirt has since traveled a long way with me and has accompanied me faithfully on special occasions, until returning with me to Tel Aviv. Yesterday, I presented a seminar about Arthritis joint disease and our way of dealing with such problems.

The seminar began at and at the Captain came over the loudspeakers, as he does every day for about five minutes. I had to stop the seminar at its peak and by then it was already difficult to get the audience to concentrate. A few minutes later I packed everything up and went on my way back to the spa.

The Captain is a very impressive and handsome man - tall, smiling, relaxed and mostly funny. Staff and Deputy look like two pillars of strength. Short, plump and seemingly shy but firm. I cordially shook hands with the Captain and he immediately realized that I was from Israel and told me we were neighbors from the Mediterranean and even shared with me that his daughter is called Effi too, short for Iphigenia or something similar.

From there it kept getting more amusing as I expressed my wish to join the onboard Greek mafia. This statement provoked squeals of laughter and joy among all three officers. The Captain is always joking with the guests about the Greek origin of the top officers onboard. But it is of course a source of a lot of national pride. I added modestly that I am a skipper with a commercial license, limited to 54 passengers only…but I promised to close the gap. Seriously I said that I understand what they go through every sea voyage, so I invited all three of them for a free treatment to relieve stress.

They promised to come for treatment soon. A Captain aboard a Cruise ship has a god-like status and has almost unlimited powers. Ac Cabin Fort Lauderdale, Florida. John Cruise Director - completely bald, a former Hollywood producer, with an Israeli girlfriend from Netanya , came to the spa yesterday with his video crew to film Dana undertaking Acupuncture needling she did not want to talk to the camera and me in a full interview.

As of today, it's to be broadcast in each room on the guests' television, in a perpetual loop. Here we are run by an American company - and the dollar is king. Once they realized that it was possible to generate more revenue from the Spa using Acupuncture, Michelle the Onboard Marketing Manager OMM listened to my observation regarding lack of proper exposure and immediately acted to remedy the situation.

One night I received an invitation to participate in a reception given by the Captain and officers to the Captain Club members. These are the elite cruisers. Only a few are chosen each year and they are considered "Big Spenders" and worthy of investment. At least once each cruise they are invited to a dinner with the Captain - which is considered a great honor.

As I was not sure this was directed to me, I asked Anna if it is really an invitation for us or if it was a mistake. Anna said it best for us to mix with the Captain's Club people to promote Acupuncture. For the first time I wore my new white Hugo Boss shirt, my black suit with the red tie and Italian lizard-skin shoes.

By the reactions I received from Anna and those at the spa I could tell I looked good. At the party I felt less so, but I did get to meet for the first time the Captain and all the top officers. I shook hands, introduced myself and made small talk.

I felt that it's not really "me" however actually not being in my own country helped me make the necessary adjustments to be part of the proceedings. Aboard a cruise ship it is very important to look and be present.

Everything is based on personal contacts. I built an image of a winner and thus Acupuncture became a successful business onboard. What matters most is that I realized that the Captain's Club people, and probably others of this standing did not know that Acupuncture services are provided at the Spa. So I passed this information to the OMM who immediately understood the potential for our exposure to this department. Ivan Sheinbaum and his wife Judith came to me following their participation in my seminar.

Both came for a free consultation that was turned into a quintet of 5 treatments each. I could not tell if their last name is that of Lithuanians, Jews or Jewish foes of German descent. In the treatment room after a minute of conversation in English, Ivan started speaking Hebrew. And then throughout the treatments and long conversations we had I could see the wonderful movie of their lives so far.

In at the age of 18 he was drafted to the Machal foreign volunteers from abroad sent to Israel and fought in the Independence War in the Egyptian front at Uja El Hafir where he had been shot and very badly wounded in the shoulder. As he then became a disabled IDF veteran he was offered various benefits to stay in the country but he rejected them all, not wishing to be a burden on the new state.

After six months in hospital he returned to South Africa to a further prolonged hospitalization. Judith's grandmother fell in love with her grandfather Jewish of course , married him and moved with him to South Africa.

Judith met Ivan in South Africa after he recovered from his shoulder wounds. The two married and after a few years emigrated to Israel and ran the hotel in Jerusalem which had remained in the family hands. After a few more years they had returned to South Africa and ran a hotel in Port Elizabeth. This resort was planned and designed solely by Judith and Ivan. This was a long and fascinating story and I was drawn into it, transfixed without resistance.

Of course, as the stories were told so grew our friendship. They promised to visit me when they next come to visit the family in Israel. Unfortunately the few hours I could visit the beach were not enough to reach Xanadu and back. Xanadu is located on an island 40 km from the capital, where we landed. Locals whom I asked told me Xanadu is the most amazing resort in Belize.

I know of course why this is so. I had also met Harold Zvi a well-known psychologist from New York and a very funny man who reminded me of Woody Allen.

Although there are many successes, on the other hand there are also many risks. She came to the cruise with her daughter and her husband. This was done with her consent at every stage.

She also purchased a Chinese herbal formula to do the internal work on the root of the problem, which was of course deficiency of Qi and Blood. The next day her daughter a judge telephoned to tell me that her mother feels pain in the shoulder, that she has vomited the whole night because of the herbs and that she will not attend her second treatment. In the evening a mail message arrived from guest relations titled "Disappointment with Acupuncture treatment".

To my astonishment it also said that I had exploited the frailty of the elderly mother by selling her supplements that had caused nothing but vomiting. It was of course very disappointing and frustrating. I felt stupid that I had tried to do the best for the elderly woman and this is what came back.

This is an exceptional case and I am relieved there are not so many like it. I helped her with Acupuncture and herbs as well as with the Dietary guidelines. She felt instant relief and day by day a dramatic improvement.

We formed a relationship of great trust and mutual respect. Her last treatment fell on her birthday and my request to guest relations was to prepare and deliver by a special waiter a birthday cake at dinner, in the dining room. She was very excited by the gesture and promised to return in the next six months to the Solstice, if I'm still on board, or come to Israel to visit.

She was most impressed with the great effect for the better she felt regarding her arthritic pains. When she heard the story about the judge and her mother, she became very angry about the judge.

She made sure on the evaluation form completed by the guests at the end of the cruise to praise the work I had done with her. She also went personally to guest relations to praise my rofessionalism. This arrived on time to balance the bad feelings generated by the judge's mail. As the spa has a "Satisfaction Guaranteed" policy I had to give up my fee for the first treatment and the elderly lady underwent three treatments with Dana.

After arriving at Labadi, an island that is part of Tahiti, I did not feel at all like going ashore this week. The weather was overcast and the sun did not appear at all. This is the height of winter in the Caribbean islands. If this is the weather here, it means the weather is very bad at the mainland US. Blizzard, snow, hail and rain.

Anna pressed me to get off the ship and get some air and I was persuaded to do so. I hit the beach and for the first time in weeks I lay on a deck chair and began to feel relaxed when suddenly it began to rain. Within a few minutes it became strong warm tropical rain. Guests who were around me did not understand why I was laughing so loudly.

I caved in quickly and waited under an awning for the rain to pass before I returned smiling to the ship. Evita H arrived to the cruise from Chile, with her husband and three children. The desk referred her to work with Dana. The Irish Desk Manager is not even trying to distribute an equal sharing of the desk references. Later it turned out Evita knows a little English but did not appear to show it. Very quickly, I was called again to translate and to mediate between her and Dana.

At that point Dana asked if I would take care of Evita instead of her. When I asked Evita if she would like to work with me, her face beamed with delight. She took a package of 5 treatments and bought herbs for her and her family.

Thanks to Selma my Spanish teacher, who insisted for years on writing me emails in Spanish, so that I will not forget the Spanish I had learnt from her This week I worked with lots of guests from Canada.

On embarkation eve I met the lovely Sharon and her husband Ross. Ross looks like Clint Eastwood as a young man. That embarkation Sunday eve was a special day, Saint Valentine's day. Sharon first complained about high cholesterol but at the treatment room she asked if I can help her increase her female libido.

It turned out she had a hysterectomy four years ago now 56, but looks shapely and attractive even after 3 births and since then she has not felt any desire.

She fears that for this her husband would leave her. Ross, her husband of 35 years complained of anxiety and difficulty in breathing. He loves her passionately and immediately agreed to join his wife's wish and asked me to treat his libido too. Both agreed to postpone the treatment of the issues they came for in exchange for strengthening the Chinese kidney systems.

The formulas were given to both of them while lying on the treatment tables and while the needles were working their mysterious ways. After the treatment they were sent to their cabin to spend the first night of the cruise under the auspices of St. The next day they came for the second treatment of the five. I have heard them from afar giggling and shy like two college students who have done it for the first time.

The spa personnel, who were brought in on the secret by them, cheered and greeted them. When I asked Sharon how was last night she claimed that she had experienced the best sex ever with her husband. As for the other issues, they were treated too at other sessions but suddenly they became much less important On Thursday I presented a seminar to the food and beverage team. The whole team has members. All but a few were present. It took me two weeks to organize and coordinate it with all the departmental bureaucracy and senior staff.

The seminar was held at a restaurant with a large screen showing a presentation prepared on the subject of lower back pain. The time allotted to me by the restaurant manager Fabio Italian, 38 was about thirty minutes.

The idea is presented to the waiters, cooks, chefs, etc that they will receive a subsidized price for treatments in Chinese Medicine.

The waiters treated will then tell guests how wonderful we are and will take care to refer them to us. The idea came to me at the Captain's Club party when I saw the waiters, holding trays of plates, move like drunks as the ship moved from side to side. It was clear to me that everyone working in these conditions might suffer from back pain that may develop into a severe and chronic problem. Just before the hour Fabio asked all the waiters, cooks, chefs, etc. Like a trained military unit they were all dressed in their best professional attire, stopped everything and sat expectantly.

When all eyes lay on me I felt a little pressure, but soon enough I came into myself and things flowed. For a dessert, especially because one of the chefs asked discreetly the day before if I can stimulate his libido, I told the story of Valentine's Day and the Canadian couple who had rediscovered love. When I finished by saying that the woman claimed the next day that it was the best sex she had ever experienced, I was interrupted by applause and cheers What can I say An Hollywood style wedding, infertility, separation and anxiety treated by Chinese Medicine aboard a Caribbean cruise ship Sunday at The moment I had entered the restaurant "Grand Apernei", Predrag my Serbian friend immediately saw me over the heads of some diners and turned and headed towards me.

The restaurant, called affectionately "the dining room" contains at a time diners on two levels and waiters. It serves mainly guests 2, on average in four shifts, starting at six in the evening and ending at midnight. Every Sunday at , on hearing the emergency siren, we stop the embarkation procedure to go to our emergency mustering station - which is at this restaurant.

We wear bright vests and guide the guests to sit and prepare to see the emergency video and listen to our Greek captain who runs the weekly emergency drill. Right away Predrag offered me a seat in the restaurant designated for guests only and a Kosher meal out of closed boxes - like airplane meals.

As I wake up at six thirty every morning and arrive in the Ocean View Cafe at about seven, I've sat with Predrag a couple of times for breakfast. I have already had dinner in the Ocean View and only came to the restaurant to say goodbye. Just this morning he informed me he was leaving The Solstice the following morning after the landing in Fort Lauderdale - to be a restaurant manager in another ship.

So just before a new ship is launching, there is a movement of professional and experienced staff from other ships to the new one. We hugged and exchanged email addresses. Very quickly I will adapt to the fast lifestyle and mobility of the staff around me - in the Spa as well. Although it seems like it…this is not yet the end of my story with Predrag…life has brought us together once again… Every Sunday at 1pm the Spa is opened to the hundreds of visitors who flood in, meet the various therapists and order treatments.

Only half an hour after opening the spa embarkation tour last Sunday I was approached by a tall, broad guest who introduced himself as Rick and asked if I could handle an emergency case. Although he spoke very quietly the man seemed frightened and anxious. His wife Sandy has just come to the ship and has had an anxiety attack. She wants to get off the ship before we lift anchor at 4. I posted my embarkation position with Dana, and coordinated with Rick as to where to bring his wife and then I moved quickly towards the spa treatment rooms.

Sandy was brought in after only a few minutes. She was professionally diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively. Sandy is a great woman and a very colourful one. At the end of the first treatment she decided to stay on board and enjoy the Cruise.

She signed up and continued with four more treatments and also acquired Chinese Herbs. Word of the dramatic treatment and its positive results quickly spread throughout the ship directly from the mouth of the outgoing Sandy. This is always good to have at the beginning of the cruise, as the guests meet at dinner and speak of their adventures of the day.

Additionally, this time the director of the casino came and thanked me personally because the couple loves to gamble and has thus invested quite a bit of money at the casino aboard the ship. Sandy is also born Jewish - but rather distant from Judaism. Rick converted to Judaism for her and is carrying a huge gold chain with a Chai.

He was a little embarrassed when I pointed out to him that he wore the Chai the opposite way Maybe because he might have put it on in front of the mirror It is pretty depressing to see Americans with so many ailments and with addictions to various drugs that are so destructive.

Antidepressants are taken casually by most people. It looks like a conspiracy of the pharmaceutical companies to pump hard drugs into the veins of people who take them eagerly. Sandler not a relative of Adam came to the Spa Desk and asked to be treated by me, having read my resume displayed at the spa. However, he rejected all my attempts to give him Chinese Herbal Formulas in addition to Acupuncture. They had been trying to have a child for several years now and so far had been through two unsuccessful IVF treatments.

Deborah took the fertility treatment with much scepticism and agreed to three treatments, but with Acupuncture alone. It's very frustrating when you have the experience and the solution for the problems of people and they will not at all try it.

This is most frustrating especially when my experience of working so long with fertility problems tells me that's exactly what they need as a solution.

Still I'm glad I was able to put a foot in the door and it may be that they will continue with another therapist back home. We talked a bit about the law and much more about resolution of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. I can say it is generally harder to work with Americans. Maybe because they are over-marketed in every aspect of their lives. The Baths, Margaret and Maynard, are from Canada and have been together for 43 years. I met them on embarkation eve standing close to the spa desk and I heard Maynard wants a massage for a chronic back pain he was suffering from for many years.

Within minutes he was persuaded to come for Acupuncture as well as a massage. The next day I presented the weekly seminar and Margaret, his wife who attended, joined so that they were treated both with Fives.

Maynard left the ship with a healthy new direction of thought about his medical well-being. Margaret went out with a bag full of useful tools to reduce stress and anxiety.

I got to handle quite a lot of couples aboard cruises. Sometimes they come together, especially after a seminar. To advise couples is a very delicate task. In my experience there is always the added value for a couple of marital therapy and insight into their life together, beyond solving medical problems each spouse has separately.

Fortunately I brought back together four couples who came onboard to summarise divorce proceedings. John is a very big man, tall and broad who does everything for the welfare of his wife in an automatic, self-effacing manner. His wife begs him to offer things instead of responding to every wish and whim she brings up. I tried to explain to John that he must behave in a balanced way if he wants his wife to stay by his side in the future.

John is an owner of a private supermarket with 27 employees. She may stop working completely, he claims. I think this will reduce the stress she was suffering from which is manifested by tinnitus in her ears. Certainly in terms of my career with Chinese Medicine I'm currently at my peak.

The knowledge and experience I have now after more than 20 years of practice helps me a lot. I have more and more patients whom I treat by intuition and good rapport, rather than technique. I remember the words of Dr. My healing abilities greatly intensified.

I'm able to quickly diagnose and offer treatment at the highest professional level. I am very self-confident and radiate great charisma. Two out of the three captains aboard the ships I have worked on were treated with Chinese Medicine by me.

I'm also working out cardio at least once a week. When I'm not working I think about how to promote the marketing of Chinese Medicine throughout the ship. The manifestation of all that is evident in the level of revenue I make in return for treatments and from sales of the Chinese Herbal formulas.

In my opinion this has reached an all-time record aboard cruise ships. Normally the herb stocks are renewed for every ship every six months. A large portion of patients we are guided to call them guests undergo accelerated healing. A high percentage of it belongs to the set up of the Solstice and the fact that large variety of nutritional possibilities are very easy to obtain onboard.

Many of the guests noted that the treatments of Chinese Medicine are the best thing that happened to them during the cruise. Some write letters of thanks and I zeroxed the best of them and presented them to sceptical cruise guests - and you always get those. Now these heart warming letters are displayed in my Tel Aviv clinic.

Some of the guests have invited me to visit their homes and some have become friends for life. Gottfard is a very pleasant lady who is an interior designer of the upper echelons. Following dental treatment that injured a nerve in her face she suffers from an intense pain in the right cheek for the last 3 months.

Analgesics have become her best friends. She heard my seminar on Monday and decided to come for treatments. Fortunately, 5 treatments plus accurate dietary guidelines have solved the problem as if it had never been. A Hollywood Wedding - The Solstice had changed its course and direction and headed directly west toward the descending fireball on the horizon.

This happened at a perfect timing just as the marriage of Marcus Katz third marriage and Pearl second marriage was announced to the applause of guests.

Everybody enjoyed the real lawn stretching finely over deck 15, the upper deck, also known as the "golf course".

Then the captain had to look for the barge that was waiting in one of the islands and was supposed to meet us. When eye contact was made with the barge it started launching fireworks into the sky for several long minutes to the cheers of the guests and staff.

I learned a lot about Marcus from Carrie and Camie a couple who were invited to the wedding and took five treatments each. They told me Marcus Katz made his fortune in student loans. Marcus is so rich and generous that he had invited all guests to attend the wedding at his expense and paid for their suites from his own pocket. Instead of receiving gifts from his stunned guests he preferred that they contribute to the charity that he runs. Elsa Goldberg a charming 69yr old first cousin from Tucson Arizona, was also treated by me and told me that Marcus 60 is the adopted son of her aunt and uncle, that he made his fortune with his own hands and had not inherited anything from his poor parents who were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

So it happened that on the morning of the wedding I took care of the bride Pearl 45 and from Nebraska, a real sweetie to relieve her stress and ease the sea sickness she felt. And the next day after the wedding I took care of Caroline, the mother of the bride who had problems related to menopause. During the following week I took care of Andre an American of French origin , a restaurateur who lives in Carmel, California.

He had once worked for Marcus as a chef. His treatment focused on digestive problems, stress relief and strengthening of the kidneys the Chinese. He had started as a chef aboard a ship in the French Navy and always knew he wanted to live in America. So when he was released from the navy he headed to the states and worked as a chef. I did not see Marcus at all during that cruise - so the man and the legend will remain seared in my brain without a face attached The wedding cruise was the first one following the Atlantis Cruise, a cruise intended only for gay men see Chapter III.

Some of the wedding guests were celebrities, so all of a sudden the percentage of well kept beautiful gorgeous women rose drastically. I found myself staring at them in admiration. I get to talk often with different waiters I meet in The Ocean View. They are from many nations such as Indonesia, Turkey, Honduras, Philippines, Serbia, Croatia, three brothers from Macedonia Ruby and the twins and more. Their personal stories are fascinating and very skilfully presented, because the guests often ask them about their own countries.

For some guests the waiters are the only people they talk to throughout the cruise. Indians for example are divided into two main streams. Hindus who come from Mumbai and Chennai formerly Bombay and Madras respectively and Christians who come from Goa a former Portuguese colony. It turns out the historical reason Christians from Goa work outside India is due to the fact that for generations they were discriminated against and persecuted by Hindus who opposed the Christian faith.

So they were the first to leave for work outside India into the welcoming Christian world. This tradition has been maintained until today. There were many Goans aboard the Solstice. They are easy to identify due to their Indian features and Portuguese first and last names, like my friend Antony DaCosta aboard the Summit.

Most Christians wish to work aboard cruise ships that visit Israel so they may see the Holy Land at least once in their lifetime. Sadok who was perhaps originally called Tzadok? He looks a lot more Jewish to me than many Jews from Tunisia I know We happen to meet in the Ocean View and we talked about Tunisia, Jerba Jews and politics, but from a Tunisian-Sunni moderate and peaceful view.

Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president after its liberation has deliberately chosen not to call the state the Islamic Republic, but only the Tunisian Republic. Sadok reminded me of the Bourguiba Plan that was rather famous in the s.

Only now it is evident how it was ahead of its time regarding a peaceful solution in the Middle East. We did not know then that about a year later, a great revolution will begin in his country, because of a slap, delivered by a lady inspector, to the face of a vegetable seller, who indignantly burned himself to death. This week was first time in many weeks I could sit with Anna, the spa manager, for a spontaneous, heart-to-heart conversation that was not to do with labor relations.

I understood, between the lines, that she had spoken with G. It was a conversation between two equal people and it was excellent. She told me about her childhood and her relationship with her parents and it was fascinating to see the vulnerable person behind the facade of a tough and demanding manager.

What has mainly been achieved through this conversation is an understanding of the complexity of the situation and a mutual respect built into the hard work and focus of both of us for the same cause. She did not appreciate at all the young girls at the spa who think only, according to her, of the romantic ties with male senior staff on the ship with the work itself as only secondary.

Basically the spa manager receives a percentage of all spa revenues and bonuses if the Target is met Yesterday, Saturday, at Anna announced at the spa staff meeting the summation of the ending cruise and the preparations for the next one. As usual, she announced the names of the top revenue makers and I was among them. The next thing she said was that she has family problems at home and she has to leave for 5 weeks! I was surprised and also horrified regarding the future.

A very strong Spa Manager is like an infantry platoon sergeant in boot camp. You are willing to die for him as much as he is hated by you for all the humiliations and harassments caused by him to you. The few weeks we spent together were so intense and hectic that it is not so strange there were very strong dealings between us. Apparently I was the only one who had not heard before the official announcement about her leaving. This is why I was very surprised and a little bit shocked.

She thanked the staff and the reactions of the brown noses followed immediately. Sweet Chelsea who had finished a 9-month contract British, 26, massage therapist just had time to say goodbye to everyone, saying the contract made her go through many changes.

Then everyone dispersed quickly, and I went and found Anna in her office. She sat at the computer and typed. Without stopping she said in a quiet and conciliatory tone that she was writing a few lines for the Spa Manager that is coming to replace her.

I vaguely remembered our first personal conversation and our last how many years ago was that? She said quietly that her father had died some time ago and that her mother had threatened to kill herself and that Anna's brother proved once again how incompetent he is and therefore she is forced to stop working for several weeks and try to bring her mum into an appropriate institution. I was filled with grief and sorrow, pity and compassion for her. She added quietly that the months before she came to the Solstice were hell for her and that she thought that the beginning of the work after the death of her father would mark a new beginning and how she was disappointed because of the constraint to leave now.

At this point I was choking on my emotions welling up with her pain and asked to leave for a moment to compose myself. When I returned she was gone. After waiting several minutes I left a note in which I let her know she was welcome to call me on my mobile or in my room and receive encouragement and support. She did not call and I never saw her again. The Solstice dock - Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To be continued in the Fifth chapter of Solstice my Love. They have brought with them sophisticated sound and lighting equipment, their own entertainers and even their own Cruise Director.

Our preparations for their arrival in the Solstice were like those before the Normandy invasion. However our concerns arising from the former disorderly conduct of those on a very young Atlantis Cruise proved false, the reality was quite different.

They arrived from all over the world and from all over the United States. Only on the Cruise can they really open up and live as they want to. My years of living in San Francisco, where I practiced with many AIDS carriers, along with all the conversations I had with my friend Mickey from the north helped me not to be deterred from them and to gain their trust immediately.

Ironically, my life in San Francisco as a heterosexual minority, sometimes even being discriminated against, allowed me the rare privilege of experiencing being in their shoes.

The individual stories were hard ones and I gave of myself a lot. Already in the embarkation spa tour I noticed Hugo French, He is tall, broad-shouldered, walking slowly with what seemed like a lot of self confidence. He told me of his sufferings due to his great and hidden love for Pascal.

Pascal and I are the only ones who know of the truth tormenting him. His wife and children do not know anything. However he had started divorce proceedings from his wife, who does not understand why he had neglected her lately. Every gentle touch to his solid and muscular body created for him enormous pain even though I used the most delicate Japanese needles that we have.

To my surprise after the first treatment he refused to continue and take another treatment despite the fact that Pascal his lover continued on to a quintet a 5 treatment package.

I kept thinking about Hugo during the week. Then during the last but one treatment with Pascal I suggested that Hugo might return for one more treatment - and he did. The second treatment with Hugo was with another person: I am not taking credit for all this, it is clear that being on board the Solstice and openly being together was a great influence. I treated him with the most powerful Chinese needles we have and he did not even flinch. I advised him to reveal the truth to his wife and to consult a child psychologist as to how best to break the news to the children, if at all.

I assured him that his wife will be hurt much less if he would respect her and tell her the truth. And perhaps even relent a bit when she will know his love is for another man. Perhaps she will take it even better than to know she competes with another woman He left me with a promise to tell the truth to his younger brother first and only after that to his wife. Eduardo, a gay man of Argentine origin, arrived at the embarkation from the Miami offices as an executive officer in order to help Anna manage the generation of more income in the Spa during this uniquely gay Atlantis Cruise.

Atlantis Cruise guests are mainly professionals and very successful, usually with no children and with disposable incomes. They are known to be self indulgent and great hedonists. I stopped writing for a moment to say goodbye to Craig who received five treatments. It was only during our last treatment I learned he was Jewish and had relatives in Haifa. A bit strange with hundreds of men around me happily eating their last meal before leaving the great womb of the Solstice.

Eduardo, who is openly gay, had started his career onboard as a cosmetician. He is now one of the company's executives traveling around the world visiting spas on all the ships in the fleet. This of course creates tension between them. Eduardo is rumored to have a bad attitude towards spa employees by using insulting and demeaning ways to urge them to produce more sales of retail products.

Most of the spa employees are professionals in their field - massage therapist, manicurist, hair stylists, cellulite reducers, slimming seaweed users, gym, Botox and of course Acupuncture. Due to past experience with Atlantis Cruise guests, two male massage therapists from other ships were flown in, with the hotel and transportation at the company's expense and were given two practice rooms — one at the expense of a female massage therapist and one at our expense.

The forecast was that gays do not want to use a lot of acupuncture. Fortunately this forecast has changed quite quickly and the confiscated Acupuncture room was returned to us.

So on Monday night, the second day of the week long cruise, there was a meeting of all 37 employees, headed by Eduardo at the spa. He went through the bills of each one of the spa staff regarding the income earned in the two days preceding.

Each one of us was asked how long they had worked for the company and what contract number they are up to at present. He also pointed out some deficiencies in relation to expectations from each one and suggested several personal tips as remedies. He was very professional and practical from business sense. Almost all the staff have not done enough Retail.

He left me as the last of the long list. Then all he said was: Mind you Anna even threatened me again the week before the Atlantis Cruise that she is going to send me home. I took her threat seriously and I've already looked the possibility of volunteering to get through to another ship and paying my way before she'd throw me out I only wish that he had not compared me to the massage therapists, saying I did more Retail than all of them made together.

These are things that create resistance and jealousy and I try to avoid them whenever possible. All patients that I see are offered Chinese herbal formulas. It is simply required in my experience to compliment the Acupuncture treatments with Chinese Herbs at home.

It is clear to all that even 5 consecutive daily treatments are not enough to treat chronic problems. So the comparison to the spa staff who are struggling to sell beauty products in addition to the professional services they give does not have a place and it infuriates the staff towards me and Chinese Medicine rather than creating an incentive to sell more.

Lutz, a German-born Australian 57, is now head chef at the Ocean View. It's a great honor. Since he was treated in my clinic we became very close friends. He points out best and highest quality food of the day to me every day whenever we meet as I arrive in the Ocean View. I had to increasingly use food as a therapy to strengthen the organs that need strengthening against the tension and pressure we are under.

The Acupuncture practitioners enjoy better conditions than the rest of the team. We are supposed to work "only" 52 hours a week and can choose the time off work and which port to get off the ship. On sea days the spa works around the clock and there is usually no time to get off. The rest of the staff work 72 hours a week, sharing their rooms with another woman, unlike us who have a room to ourselves. I dedicate my whole self to the work.

This is how one can progress. Most of the spa staff are very young, in their early twenties, and think more of how to have a good time. Therefore there is forever a clash between these girls and the spa managers.

I'm not counting the hours of work and do whatever I can accoarding to the needs of the business. Sometimes when there is pressure and, as I have only two treatment rooms, I even begin to treat before seven in the morning. Sometimes even giving up lunch through lack of choice and continuing until 9pm.

Except for San Thomas the other three sites do not have a harbor deep enough. For that reason the Solstice dropped anchor offshore and small service boats tender boats - what a great fun! San Bart Bartolommeo the French is the most affluent, with brand name stores, women dressed with latest European fashion, shiny new cars and yachts that are just spectacular.

The island itself has gorgeous architecture and everything in it is done so tastefully. A world of difference from all other islands of the Caribbean that are relatively poor. One evening I received a phone call from Anna. She demanded I get to the spa at to participate in a promotional video clip. The spacious couples massage room had already in it the filming crew, John the Cruise Director of the Solstice with his girlfriend from Netanya , Malcolm the Cruise Director of Atlantis, the representatives of the various spa services and Dana and Anna.

I was the only one who spoke earnestly to the camera on Chinese Medicine, everyone else fell into prostitution in their efforts to bluntly flatter and seduce the best of our sons. Tyson from the gym outdid all with a pornographic style that showed his skills in the art of seduction The released clip came out pretty crazy and funny - the next day I was a celebrity for a day and guests and various staff members opened and said: He suggested that I visit him in the city of Herat before the end of his contract so he could help me a lot, that it's pretty safe to visit and noted that I could merge with the locals if I grow a beard and that hotels and tourist services are rather developed in this city where I was not born unlike the rest of my family… I was very disappointed in the Dominican Republic at Samana.

Everywhere I walked was dirt, filth, poverty and neglect. I traveled the city on foot, spoke Spanish and thanked again my teacher Selma of the Cervantes Institute. I could not buy anything to eat at the local market for the fear of contamination as opposed to always trying the local markets in my travels in Asia or South America. However, I had moments of sheer enjoyment walking by the beach and onboard the local fast sailing tender boats, where the waves splashed and sprayed over my face.

I treated Eugene from San Francisco, a man who works for a pharmaceutical company and claims he sold his soul to it. Gary from Atlanta was treated too. Gary has an antique jewelry collection and he showed me parts of it. It was nice to discuss gemology and evaluate designs and use of precious stones like Tanzanite, Rubies Sapphires and others.

He is a successful restaurateur and arrived alone to the cruise. To his delight, he met onboard his new American boyfriend and he has already been considering emigration to the U. I realized that almost all the guests in Atlantis are incredibly muscular and spend many hours at the Gym. Some use steroids and other substances in order to appear more muscular.

It was clear to me after treating so many that those body muscles are but an armor to cover external and internal vulnerability and a great sensitivity. Gerald, his "spouse" is a transgender a male in the body of a woman and they have been a couple for 10 years. Gerald was treated by Dana. Giving Emanuel six treatments was very difficult emotionally and mentally. Right from the start, in the first session, I had to shut him up and make it clear who the analyst is and who is the patient.

He just could not stop talking about himself and how he helps others and guides them. He confided in me only after he had asked to hold both my hands and felt whatever he felt. Unlike the impressive external appearance, I diagnosed a systemic weakness that was very evident and he was treated for system strengthening.

The treatments were largely intuitive and he busied my mind even after the end of the treatments. His condition improved dramatically from day to day. After the sixth the three of us took photos. Emanuel wrote to Guest Relations, to the spa and to me an emotional letter that said I saved his life and made me shiver a little when I read it.

Excerpts from a letter by Emanuel: I never thought that acupuncture can have such great healing powers. Before joining the cruise I was dead inside, now I am cured inside thanks to Effi Michelle the Onboard Marketing Manager told me this morning that the letter was sent to her by Guest Relations, she received it with great excitement and it was sent to the offices in Miami.

By the way, Emanuel has six children aged from his ex-wife and he is very proud of them. We kept in touch via Email. A year later they got married and Gerald became Elia after an operation.

This world is coming to me with its ailments and I return to it the best that I have. It's wonderful to have such a powerful tool that proves the effectiveness of universal knowledge, non-bias by means of caring for people wherever they are, without discrimination against them on grounds of nationality race or… gender.

An hour and a half to the embarkation of the next cruise, must dash…. To be Continued on Chapter Four…. Another cruise ended on Saturday night aboard the Solstice. I had a very rough week with many changes of fortune. From being sentenced to death on Monday night to becoming the great white hope on Saturday eve. From now on this will become a very typical week during all my time onboard ships - extremely crazy in every sense, without a dull moment and no rest to catch my breath The good news is that in two and a half hours it is going to start all over again

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Every time the pain subsided, she checked the result by touching her tongue to her palate. Tongue touching the palate combines two main meridians in the body called Du and Ren. Like an electrical switch "short" this led to a new wave of seizures and wails. Despite all my attempts I could not get her to stop the "quality checks" conducted so involuntarily with each pause. After about half an hour of particularly powerful Acupuncture and more twitches of pain there was a relief of five full minutes.

I turned to the treatment table and located the appropriate Chinese Herbal remedy for her. While the needles were in her face she trustingly took the capsules of herbs I offered. I was glad that we have sinks and glasses in the treatment rooms. The treatment continued and the seizures repeated. And the seizures returned. At times it seemed like a process of removing an obsession or a scene from the movie The Exorcist. Slowly I added Acupuncture needles to points in the hands, legs and toes.

I removed and inserted new needles nonstop. Despite the fact that the attacks lasted I would not give up or stop, even for a moment. This brave woman chose to be treated by Chinese Medicine and had waited until I got back from the seminar, enduring enormous pain.

She trusted me instead of going to the doctor and getting western medications that probably would immediately resolve the pain. How could I not give her the best service I was able to grant? To my surprise, I drew much strength from her belief. I could not disappoint her. Dorothy, on her part, managed between attacks to tell me that she was very tense because she is on the cruise with 44 other people, all belonging to the church they attend and she is the organizer and leader as for their activities onboard.

That put her under a lot of stress. I asked who knew about the attacks and that she had gone for treatment with Acupuncture. As I suspected, she replied that nobody did. She did not want me to locate her husband, preferring to ask the help of her sister who was onboard.

Once I had called her sister Dorothy began to relax more and catch her breath. It was only after a long time she calmed down totally. With my help she got up slowly from the bed, apprehensively supported and we both walked slowly into the waiting area. Her eyes lit up when she saw her worried sister.

It is very rare in Chinese Medicine to treat such a problematic disease in its acute phase. Usually patients come between seizures to work with us on prevention and the root of the problem. My previous experience gathered in China and Japan helped to demonstrate the confidence and determination needed in an acute case like this when a patient is screaming and twitching with agony throughout the whole treatment.

Saying that, it is impossible not to appreciate and respect the courage and faith in Chinese Medicine of this unforgettable woman. The next day she arrived as we had agreed. I asked her to fill out the intake questionnaire, diagnosed her again and I asked her how was the last day. It turns out that after the treatment she immediately fell asleep, exhausted and relaxed. But at three in the morning the phone rang in her cabin and she had a single attack following this call.

It had been directed to her room by mistake Beyond this attack there were no seizures. The next day Dorothy was very calm and very happy. I sent her to her cabin after the treatment and offered her other herbs to take home to treat the root problems. I gave her my mobile number and asked her if there were more attacks during the rest of the cruise to come at once and to call me any time even outside official working hours.

She did not return. Nazel, a young and proud gay man of Filipino descent works as a barber at the salon in the spa. I went to him to fix the haircut I had done for myself. He sends the money he earns to his sister who is studying law back home. When she is done with her studies he wants to open a luxury spa with her in Manila. I treat other workers in the spa with Acupuncture free of charge and may receive their services too.

The herbs are provided at a very large discount. I also received an amazing massage from Michelle the American massage therapist and I referred some of my patients to her. Amanda, 32, a charming and intelligent woman, was referred to me through the desk. She introduced herself as a travel agent who had come alone to explore possibilities of cruising for her customers. The chemistry was immediate and the treatment went well.

She was very open to me regarding many of her personal problems. Martin works for the company that employs me and travels the world days a year visiting acupuncturists who work at sea onboard a hundred ships. That day in San Martin six Cruise ships docked together, so this was a good opportunity to meet him. It was a very good meeting and it influenced my work for all the duration I have work onboard ships.

Amanda firmly refused my offer to take home herbs but has signed for a package of 5 treatments. The following treatment was suppose to be on the next day at four in the afternoon. The next day around 3pm I saw Amanda standing next to Anna's office, instead of sitting in the waiting room. Before I could speak she extended her hand and asked to introduce herself. She said all of the information given to me was correct except that she is not a travel agent but a visiting auditor of the company that employs me.

Apparently she was not sent specifically to only check me out, but she randomly checked other therapists at the spa, without identifying herself. Her comments were mainly about the marketing of the herbs.

Although I suggested to continue with the treatments she had refused politely. One morning, before landing in Haiti, I scheduled to give a treatment at because the patient wanted to go off to the beach right after landing at to be the first one to take the Zip Line. At I arrived at the deserted spa to check on the computer and see the schedule for the day.

I saw a tall, solid man wandering around the desk. Ed said that he wanted a haircut, so right away I made an appointment for him at with Nazel.

Ed was an incredibly nice man who immediately joked about losing his hair. We had a nice chat and suddenly I noticed that he had one eye with an internal hemorrhage. Ten minutes later he completed the intake form and lay down for a treatment. At noon he brought his wife for a treatment too.

His wife was treated for Arthritic knee pain and back pain which had been bothering her mind for long time. She felt instant relief from the first treatment onwards. They expressed their gratitude with a generous tip and gave me a very high quality white Ravens team T-shirt. This shirt has since traveled a long way with me and has accompanied me faithfully on special occasions, until returning with me to Tel Aviv. Yesterday, I presented a seminar about Arthritis joint disease and our way of dealing with such problems.

The seminar began at and at the Captain came over the loudspeakers, as he does every day for about five minutes. I had to stop the seminar at its peak and by then it was already difficult to get the audience to concentrate. A few minutes later I packed everything up and went on my way back to the spa.

The Captain is a very impressive and handsome man - tall, smiling, relaxed and mostly funny. Staff and Deputy look like two pillars of strength. Short, plump and seemingly shy but firm. I cordially shook hands with the Captain and he immediately realized that I was from Israel and told me we were neighbors from the Mediterranean and even shared with me that his daughter is called Effi too, short for Iphigenia or something similar.

From there it kept getting more amusing as I expressed my wish to join the onboard Greek mafia. This statement provoked squeals of laughter and joy among all three officers. The Captain is always joking with the guests about the Greek origin of the top officers onboard. But it is of course a source of a lot of national pride. I added modestly that I am a skipper with a commercial license, limited to 54 passengers only…but I promised to close the gap.

Seriously I said that I understand what they go through every sea voyage, so I invited all three of them for a free treatment to relieve stress. They promised to come for treatment soon. A Captain aboard a Cruise ship has a god-like status and has almost unlimited powers. Ac Cabin Fort Lauderdale, Florida. John Cruise Director - completely bald, a former Hollywood producer, with an Israeli girlfriend from Netanya , came to the spa yesterday with his video crew to film Dana undertaking Acupuncture needling she did not want to talk to the camera and me in a full interview.

As of today, it's to be broadcast in each room on the guests' television, in a perpetual loop. Here we are run by an American company - and the dollar is king. Once they realized that it was possible to generate more revenue from the Spa using Acupuncture, Michelle the Onboard Marketing Manager OMM listened to my observation regarding lack of proper exposure and immediately acted to remedy the situation.

One night I received an invitation to participate in a reception given by the Captain and officers to the Captain Club members.

These are the elite cruisers. Only a few are chosen each year and they are considered "Big Spenders" and worthy of investment. At least once each cruise they are invited to a dinner with the Captain - which is considered a great honor. As I was not sure this was directed to me, I asked Anna if it is really an invitation for us or if it was a mistake.

Anna said it best for us to mix with the Captain's Club people to promote Acupuncture. For the first time I wore my new white Hugo Boss shirt, my black suit with the red tie and Italian lizard-skin shoes. By the reactions I received from Anna and those at the spa I could tell I looked good. At the party I felt less so, but I did get to meet for the first time the Captain and all the top officers.

I shook hands, introduced myself and made small talk. I felt that it's not really "me" however actually not being in my own country helped me make the necessary adjustments to be part of the proceedings.

Aboard a cruise ship it is very important to look and be present. Everything is based on personal contacts. I built an image of a winner and thus Acupuncture became a successful business onboard. What matters most is that I realized that the Captain's Club people, and probably others of this standing did not know that Acupuncture services are provided at the Spa.

So I passed this information to the OMM who immediately understood the potential for our exposure to this department. Ivan Sheinbaum and his wife Judith came to me following their participation in my seminar.

Both came for a free consultation that was turned into a quintet of 5 treatments each. I could not tell if their last name is that of Lithuanians, Jews or Jewish foes of German descent. In the treatment room after a minute of conversation in English, Ivan started speaking Hebrew. And then throughout the treatments and long conversations we had I could see the wonderful movie of their lives so far. In at the age of 18 he was drafted to the Machal foreign volunteers from abroad sent to Israel and fought in the Independence War in the Egyptian front at Uja El Hafir where he had been shot and very badly wounded in the shoulder.

As he then became a disabled IDF veteran he was offered various benefits to stay in the country but he rejected them all, not wishing to be a burden on the new state. After six months in hospital he returned to South Africa to a further prolonged hospitalization. Judith's grandmother fell in love with her grandfather Jewish of course , married him and moved with him to South Africa.

Judith met Ivan in South Africa after he recovered from his shoulder wounds. The two married and after a few years emigrated to Israel and ran the hotel in Jerusalem which had remained in the family hands. After a few more years they had returned to South Africa and ran a hotel in Port Elizabeth. This resort was planned and designed solely by Judith and Ivan.

This was a long and fascinating story and I was drawn into it, transfixed without resistance. Of course, as the stories were told so grew our friendship. They promised to visit me when they next come to visit the family in Israel. Unfortunately the few hours I could visit the beach were not enough to reach Xanadu and back.

Xanadu is located on an island 40 km from the capital, where we landed. Locals whom I asked told me Xanadu is the most amazing resort in Belize. I know of course why this is so. I had also met Harold Zvi a well-known psychologist from New York and a very funny man who reminded me of Woody Allen.

Although there are many successes, on the other hand there are also many risks. She came to the cruise with her daughter and her husband. This was done with her consent at every stage.

She also purchased a Chinese herbal formula to do the internal work on the root of the problem, which was of course deficiency of Qi and Blood. The next day her daughter a judge telephoned to tell me that her mother feels pain in the shoulder, that she has vomited the whole night because of the herbs and that she will not attend her second treatment. In the evening a mail message arrived from guest relations titled "Disappointment with Acupuncture treatment".

To my astonishment it also said that I had exploited the frailty of the elderly mother by selling her supplements that had caused nothing but vomiting. It was of course very disappointing and frustrating. I felt stupid that I had tried to do the best for the elderly woman and this is what came back.

This is an exceptional case and I am relieved there are not so many like it. I helped her with Acupuncture and herbs as well as with the Dietary guidelines. She felt instant relief and day by day a dramatic improvement. We formed a relationship of great trust and mutual respect. Her last treatment fell on her birthday and my request to guest relations was to prepare and deliver by a special waiter a birthday cake at dinner, in the dining room.

She was very excited by the gesture and promised to return in the next six months to the Solstice, if I'm still on board, or come to Israel to visit. She was most impressed with the great effect for the better she felt regarding her arthritic pains. When she heard the story about the judge and her mother, she became very angry about the judge. She made sure on the evaluation form completed by the guests at the end of the cruise to praise the work I had done with her.

She also went personally to guest relations to praise my rofessionalism. This arrived on time to balance the bad feelings generated by the judge's mail. As the spa has a "Satisfaction Guaranteed" policy I had to give up my fee for the first treatment and the elderly lady underwent three treatments with Dana. After arriving at Labadi, an island that is part of Tahiti, I did not feel at all like going ashore this week.

The weather was overcast and the sun did not appear at all. This is the height of winter in the Caribbean islands. If this is the weather here, it means the weather is very bad at the mainland US. Blizzard, snow, hail and rain. Anna pressed me to get off the ship and get some air and I was persuaded to do so.

I hit the beach and for the first time in weeks I lay on a deck chair and began to feel relaxed when suddenly it began to rain. Within a few minutes it became strong warm tropical rain.

Guests who were around me did not understand why I was laughing so loudly. I caved in quickly and waited under an awning for the rain to pass before I returned smiling to the ship. Evita H arrived to the cruise from Chile, with her husband and three children. The desk referred her to work with Dana. The Irish Desk Manager is not even trying to distribute an equal sharing of the desk references. Later it turned out Evita knows a little English but did not appear to show it.

Very quickly, I was called again to translate and to mediate between her and Dana. At that point Dana asked if I would take care of Evita instead of her. When I asked Evita if she would like to work with me, her face beamed with delight. She took a package of 5 treatments and bought herbs for her and her family. Thanks to Selma my Spanish teacher, who insisted for years on writing me emails in Spanish, so that I will not forget the Spanish I had learnt from her This week I worked with lots of guests from Canada.

On embarkation eve I met the lovely Sharon and her husband Ross. Ross looks like Clint Eastwood as a young man. That embarkation Sunday eve was a special day, Saint Valentine's day. Sharon first complained about high cholesterol but at the treatment room she asked if I can help her increase her female libido. It turned out she had a hysterectomy four years ago now 56, but looks shapely and attractive even after 3 births and since then she has not felt any desire.

She fears that for this her husband would leave her. Ross, her husband of 35 years complained of anxiety and difficulty in breathing. He loves her passionately and immediately agreed to join his wife's wish and asked me to treat his libido too. Both agreed to postpone the treatment of the issues they came for in exchange for strengthening the Chinese kidney systems. The formulas were given to both of them while lying on the treatment tables and while the needles were working their mysterious ways.

After the treatment they were sent to their cabin to spend the first night of the cruise under the auspices of St. The next day they came for the second treatment of the five.

I have heard them from afar giggling and shy like two college students who have done it for the first time. The spa personnel, who were brought in on the secret by them, cheered and greeted them.

When I asked Sharon how was last night she claimed that she had experienced the best sex ever with her husband. As for the other issues, they were treated too at other sessions but suddenly they became much less important On Thursday I presented a seminar to the food and beverage team.

The whole team has members. All but a few were present. It took me two weeks to organize and coordinate it with all the departmental bureaucracy and senior staff. The seminar was held at a restaurant with a large screen showing a presentation prepared on the subject of lower back pain. The time allotted to me by the restaurant manager Fabio Italian, 38 was about thirty minutes.

The idea is presented to the waiters, cooks, chefs, etc that they will receive a subsidized price for treatments in Chinese Medicine. The waiters treated will then tell guests how wonderful we are and will take care to refer them to us. The idea came to me at the Captain's Club party when I saw the waiters, holding trays of plates, move like drunks as the ship moved from side to side.

It was clear to me that everyone working in these conditions might suffer from back pain that may develop into a severe and chronic problem. Just before the hour Fabio asked all the waiters, cooks, chefs, etc. Like a trained military unit they were all dressed in their best professional attire, stopped everything and sat expectantly. When all eyes lay on me I felt a little pressure, but soon enough I came into myself and things flowed.

For a dessert, especially because one of the chefs asked discreetly the day before if I can stimulate his libido, I told the story of Valentine's Day and the Canadian couple who had rediscovered love.

When I finished by saying that the woman claimed the next day that it was the best sex she had ever experienced, I was interrupted by applause and cheers What can I say An Hollywood style wedding, infertility, separation and anxiety treated by Chinese Medicine aboard a Caribbean cruise ship Sunday at The moment I had entered the restaurant "Grand Apernei", Predrag my Serbian friend immediately saw me over the heads of some diners and turned and headed towards me.

The restaurant, called affectionately "the dining room" contains at a time diners on two levels and waiters. It serves mainly guests 2, on average in four shifts, starting at six in the evening and ending at midnight.

Every Sunday at , on hearing the emergency siren, we stop the embarkation procedure to go to our emergency mustering station - which is at this restaurant.

We wear bright vests and guide the guests to sit and prepare to see the emergency video and listen to our Greek captain who runs the weekly emergency drill. Right away Predrag offered me a seat in the restaurant designated for guests only and a Kosher meal out of closed boxes - like airplane meals. As I wake up at six thirty every morning and arrive in the Ocean View Cafe at about seven, I've sat with Predrag a couple of times for breakfast.

I have already had dinner in the Ocean View and only came to the restaurant to say goodbye. Just this morning he informed me he was leaving The Solstice the following morning after the landing in Fort Lauderdale - to be a restaurant manager in another ship.

So just before a new ship is launching, there is a movement of professional and experienced staff from other ships to the new one. We hugged and exchanged email addresses. Very quickly I will adapt to the fast lifestyle and mobility of the staff around me - in the Spa as well.

Although it seems like it…this is not yet the end of my story with Predrag…life has brought us together once again… Every Sunday at 1pm the Spa is opened to the hundreds of visitors who flood in, meet the various therapists and order treatments. Only half an hour after opening the spa embarkation tour last Sunday I was approached by a tall, broad guest who introduced himself as Rick and asked if I could handle an emergency case.

Although he spoke very quietly the man seemed frightened and anxious. His wife Sandy has just come to the ship and has had an anxiety attack. She wants to get off the ship before we lift anchor at 4.

I posted my embarkation position with Dana, and coordinated with Rick as to where to bring his wife and then I moved quickly towards the spa treatment rooms.

Sandy was brought in after only a few minutes. She was professionally diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively. Sandy is a great woman and a very colourful one. At the end of the first treatment she decided to stay on board and enjoy the Cruise. She signed up and continued with four more treatments and also acquired Chinese Herbs.

Word of the dramatic treatment and its positive results quickly spread throughout the ship directly from the mouth of the outgoing Sandy. This is always good to have at the beginning of the cruise, as the guests meet at dinner and speak of their adventures of the day. Additionally, this time the director of the casino came and thanked me personally because the couple loves to gamble and has thus invested quite a bit of money at the casino aboard the ship.

Sandy is also born Jewish - but rather distant from Judaism. Rick converted to Judaism for her and is carrying a huge gold chain with a Chai. He was a little embarrassed when I pointed out to him that he wore the Chai the opposite way Maybe because he might have put it on in front of the mirror It is pretty depressing to see Americans with so many ailments and with addictions to various drugs that are so destructive.

Antidepressants are taken casually by most people. It looks like a conspiracy of the pharmaceutical companies to pump hard drugs into the veins of people who take them eagerly. Sandler not a relative of Adam came to the Spa Desk and asked to be treated by me, having read my resume displayed at the spa.

However, he rejected all my attempts to give him Chinese Herbal Formulas in addition to Acupuncture. They had been trying to have a child for several years now and so far had been through two unsuccessful IVF treatments.

Deborah took the fertility treatment with much scepticism and agreed to three treatments, but with Acupuncture alone. It's very frustrating when you have the experience and the solution for the problems of people and they will not at all try it. This is most frustrating especially when my experience of working so long with fertility problems tells me that's exactly what they need as a solution.

Still I'm glad I was able to put a foot in the door and it may be that they will continue with another therapist back home. We talked a bit about the law and much more about resolution of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. I can say it is generally harder to work with Americans. Maybe because they are over-marketed in every aspect of their lives. The Baths, Margaret and Maynard, are from Canada and have been together for 43 years. I met them on embarkation eve standing close to the spa desk and I heard Maynard wants a massage for a chronic back pain he was suffering from for many years.

Within minutes he was persuaded to come for Acupuncture as well as a massage. The next day I presented the weekly seminar and Margaret, his wife who attended, joined so that they were treated both with Fives. Maynard left the ship with a healthy new direction of thought about his medical well-being. Margaret went out with a bag full of useful tools to reduce stress and anxiety. I got to handle quite a lot of couples aboard cruises. Sometimes they come together, especially after a seminar.

To advise couples is a very delicate task. In my experience there is always the added value for a couple of marital therapy and insight into their life together, beyond solving medical problems each spouse has separately. Fortunately I brought back together four couples who came onboard to summarise divorce proceedings. John is a very big man, tall and broad who does everything for the welfare of his wife in an automatic, self-effacing manner.

His wife begs him to offer things instead of responding to every wish and whim she brings up. I tried to explain to John that he must behave in a balanced way if he wants his wife to stay by his side in the future. John is an owner of a private supermarket with 27 employees. She may stop working completely, he claims. I think this will reduce the stress she was suffering from which is manifested by tinnitus in her ears.

Certainly in terms of my career with Chinese Medicine I'm currently at my peak. The knowledge and experience I have now after more than 20 years of practice helps me a lot. I have more and more patients whom I treat by intuition and good rapport, rather than technique.

I remember the words of Dr. My healing abilities greatly intensified. I'm able to quickly diagnose and offer treatment at the highest professional level. I am very self-confident and radiate great charisma. Two out of the three captains aboard the ships I have worked on were treated with Chinese Medicine by me. I'm also working out cardio at least once a week. When I'm not working I think about how to promote the marketing of Chinese Medicine throughout the ship.

The manifestation of all that is evident in the level of revenue I make in return for treatments and from sales of the Chinese Herbal formulas. In my opinion this has reached an all-time record aboard cruise ships. Normally the herb stocks are renewed for every ship every six months. A large portion of patients we are guided to call them guests undergo accelerated healing. A high percentage of it belongs to the set up of the Solstice and the fact that large variety of nutritional possibilities are very easy to obtain onboard.

Many of the guests noted that the treatments of Chinese Medicine are the best thing that happened to them during the cruise. Some write letters of thanks and I zeroxed the best of them and presented them to sceptical cruise guests - and you always get those. Now these heart warming letters are displayed in my Tel Aviv clinic.

Some of the guests have invited me to visit their homes and some have become friends for life. Gottfard is a very pleasant lady who is an interior designer of the upper echelons.

Following dental treatment that injured a nerve in her face she suffers from an intense pain in the right cheek for the last 3 months. Analgesics have become her best friends. She heard my seminar on Monday and decided to come for treatments. Fortunately, 5 treatments plus accurate dietary guidelines have solved the problem as if it had never been. A Hollywood Wedding - The Solstice had changed its course and direction and headed directly west toward the descending fireball on the horizon.

This happened at a perfect timing just as the marriage of Marcus Katz third marriage and Pearl second marriage was announced to the applause of guests. Everybody enjoyed the real lawn stretching finely over deck 15, the upper deck, also known as the "golf course".

Then the captain had to look for the barge that was waiting in one of the islands and was supposed to meet us. When eye contact was made with the barge it started launching fireworks into the sky for several long minutes to the cheers of the guests and staff. I learned a lot about Marcus from Carrie and Camie a couple who were invited to the wedding and took five treatments each.

They told me Marcus Katz made his fortune in student loans. Marcus is so rich and generous that he had invited all guests to attend the wedding at his expense and paid for their suites from his own pocket. Instead of receiving gifts from his stunned guests he preferred that they contribute to the charity that he runs. Elsa Goldberg a charming 69yr old first cousin from Tucson Arizona, was also treated by me and told me that Marcus 60 is the adopted son of her aunt and uncle, that he made his fortune with his own hands and had not inherited anything from his poor parents who were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

So it happened that on the morning of the wedding I took care of the bride Pearl 45 and from Nebraska, a real sweetie to relieve her stress and ease the sea sickness she felt.

And the next day after the wedding I took care of Caroline, the mother of the bride who had problems related to menopause. During the following week I took care of Andre an American of French origin , a restaurateur who lives in Carmel, California.

He had once worked for Marcus as a chef. His treatment focused on digestive problems, stress relief and strengthening of the kidneys the Chinese. He had started as a chef aboard a ship in the French Navy and always knew he wanted to live in America. So when he was released from the navy he headed to the states and worked as a chef. I did not see Marcus at all during that cruise - so the man and the legend will remain seared in my brain without a face attached The wedding cruise was the first one following the Atlantis Cruise, a cruise intended only for gay men see Chapter III.

Some of the wedding guests were celebrities, so all of a sudden the percentage of well kept beautiful gorgeous women rose drastically. I found myself staring at them in admiration. I get to talk often with different waiters I meet in The Ocean View. They are from many nations such as Indonesia, Turkey, Honduras, Philippines, Serbia, Croatia, three brothers from Macedonia Ruby and the twins and more.

Their personal stories are fascinating and very skilfully presented, because the guests often ask them about their own countries. For some guests the waiters are the only people they talk to throughout the cruise. Indians for example are divided into two main streams. Hindus who come from Mumbai and Chennai formerly Bombay and Madras respectively and Christians who come from Goa a former Portuguese colony.

It turns out the historical reason Christians from Goa work outside India is due to the fact that for generations they were discriminated against and persecuted by Hindus who opposed the Christian faith. So they were the first to leave for work outside India into the welcoming Christian world.

This tradition has been maintained until today. There were many Goans aboard the Solstice. They are easy to identify due to their Indian features and Portuguese first and last names, like my friend Antony DaCosta aboard the Summit.

Most Christians wish to work aboard cruise ships that visit Israel so they may see the Holy Land at least once in their lifetime. Sadok who was perhaps originally called Tzadok? He looks a lot more Jewish to me than many Jews from Tunisia I know We happen to meet in the Ocean View and we talked about Tunisia, Jerba Jews and politics, but from a Tunisian-Sunni moderate and peaceful view.

Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president after its liberation has deliberately chosen not to call the state the Islamic Republic, but only the Tunisian Republic.

Sadok reminded me of the Bourguiba Plan that was rather famous in the s. Only now it is evident how it was ahead of its time regarding a peaceful solution in the Middle East.

We did not know then that about a year later, a great revolution will begin in his country, because of a slap, delivered by a lady inspector, to the face of a vegetable seller, who indignantly burned himself to death. This week was first time in many weeks I could sit with Anna, the spa manager, for a spontaneous, heart-to-heart conversation that was not to do with labor relations.

I understood, between the lines, that she had spoken with G. It was a conversation between two equal people and it was excellent. She told me about her childhood and her relationship with her parents and it was fascinating to see the vulnerable person behind the facade of a tough and demanding manager.

What has mainly been achieved through this conversation is an understanding of the complexity of the situation and a mutual respect built into the hard work and focus of both of us for the same cause. She did not appreciate at all the young girls at the spa who think only, according to her, of the romantic ties with male senior staff on the ship with the work itself as only secondary.

Basically the spa manager receives a percentage of all spa revenues and bonuses if the Target is met Yesterday, Saturday, at Anna announced at the spa staff meeting the summation of the ending cruise and the preparations for the next one. As usual, she announced the names of the top revenue makers and I was among them.

The next thing she said was that she has family problems at home and she has to leave for 5 weeks! I was surprised and also horrified regarding the future. A very strong Spa Manager is like an infantry platoon sergeant in boot camp. You are willing to die for him as much as he is hated by you for all the humiliations and harassments caused by him to you.

The few weeks we spent together were so intense and hectic that it is not so strange there were very strong dealings between us. Apparently I was the only one who had not heard before the official announcement about her leaving. This is why I was very surprised and a little bit shocked. She thanked the staff and the reactions of the brown noses followed immediately. Sweet Chelsea who had finished a 9-month contract British, 26, massage therapist just had time to say goodbye to everyone, saying the contract made her go through many changes.

Then everyone dispersed quickly, and I went and found Anna in her office. She sat at the computer and typed. Without stopping she said in a quiet and conciliatory tone that she was writing a few lines for the Spa Manager that is coming to replace her.

I vaguely remembered our first personal conversation and our last how many years ago was that? She said quietly that her father had died some time ago and that her mother had threatened to kill herself and that Anna's brother proved once again how incompetent he is and therefore she is forced to stop working for several weeks and try to bring her mum into an appropriate institution.

I was filled with grief and sorrow, pity and compassion for her. She added quietly that the months before she came to the Solstice were hell for her and that she thought that the beginning of the work after the death of her father would mark a new beginning and how she was disappointed because of the constraint to leave now.

At this point I was choking on my emotions welling up with her pain and asked to leave for a moment to compose myself. When I returned she was gone. After waiting several minutes I left a note in which I let her know she was welcome to call me on my mobile or in my room and receive encouragement and support.

She did not call and I never saw her again. The Solstice dock - Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To be continued in the Fifth chapter of Solstice my Love. They have brought with them sophisticated sound and lighting equipment, their own entertainers and even their own Cruise Director. Our preparations for their arrival in the Solstice were like those before the Normandy invasion.

However our concerns arising from the former disorderly conduct of those on a very young Atlantis Cruise proved false, the reality was quite different. They arrived from all over the world and from all over the United States.

Only on the Cruise can they really open up and live as they want to. My years of living in San Francisco, where I practiced with many AIDS carriers, along with all the conversations I had with my friend Mickey from the north helped me not to be deterred from them and to gain their trust immediately.

Ironically, my life in San Francisco as a heterosexual minority, sometimes even being discriminated against, allowed me the rare privilege of experiencing being in their shoes. The individual stories were hard ones and I gave of myself a lot. Already in the embarkation spa tour I noticed Hugo French, He is tall, broad-shouldered, walking slowly with what seemed like a lot of self confidence. He told me of his sufferings due to his great and hidden love for Pascal. Pascal and I are the only ones who know of the truth tormenting him.

His wife and children do not know anything. However he had started divorce proceedings from his wife, who does not understand why he had neglected her lately. Every gentle touch to his solid and muscular body created for him enormous pain even though I used the most delicate Japanese needles that we have. To my surprise after the first treatment he refused to continue and take another treatment despite the fact that Pascal his lover continued on to a quintet a 5 treatment package.

I kept thinking about Hugo during the week. Then during the last but one treatment with Pascal I suggested that Hugo might return for one more treatment - and he did. The second treatment with Hugo was with another person: I am not taking credit for all this, it is clear that being on board the Solstice and openly being together was a great influence.

I treated him with the most powerful Chinese needles we have and he did not even flinch. I advised him to reveal the truth to his wife and to consult a child psychologist as to how best to break the news to the children, if at all. I assured him that his wife will be hurt much less if he would respect her and tell her the truth.

And perhaps even relent a bit when she will know his love is for another man. Perhaps she will take it even better than to know she competes with another woman He left me with a promise to tell the truth to his younger brother first and only after that to his wife. Eduardo, a gay man of Argentine origin, arrived at the embarkation from the Miami offices as an executive officer in order to help Anna manage the generation of more income in the Spa during this uniquely gay Atlantis Cruise.

Atlantis Cruise guests are mainly professionals and very successful, usually with no children and with disposable incomes. They are known to be self indulgent and great hedonists. I stopped writing for a moment to say goodbye to Craig who received five treatments. It was only during our last treatment I learned he was Jewish and had relatives in Haifa.

A bit strange with hundreds of men around me happily eating their last meal before leaving the great womb of the Solstice.

Eduardo, who is openly gay, had started his career onboard as a cosmetician. He is now one of the company's executives traveling around the world visiting spas on all the ships in the fleet. This of course creates tension between them. Eduardo is rumored to have a bad attitude towards spa employees by using insulting and demeaning ways to urge them to produce more sales of retail products. Most of the spa employees are professionals in their field - massage therapist, manicurist, hair stylists, cellulite reducers, slimming seaweed users, gym, Botox and of course Acupuncture.

Due to past experience with Atlantis Cruise guests, two male massage therapists from other ships were flown in, with the hotel and transportation at the company's expense and were given two practice rooms — one at the expense of a female massage therapist and one at our expense. The forecast was that gays do not want to use a lot of acupuncture. Fortunately this forecast has changed quite quickly and the confiscated Acupuncture room was returned to us.

So on Monday night, the second day of the week long cruise, there was a meeting of all 37 employees, headed by Eduardo at the spa. He went through the bills of each one of the spa staff regarding the income earned in the two days preceding. Each one of us was asked how long they had worked for the company and what contract number they are up to at present.

He also pointed out some deficiencies in relation to expectations from each one and suggested several personal tips as remedies. He was very professional and practical from business sense. Almost all the staff have not done enough Retail. He left me as the last of the long list. Then all he said was: Mind you Anna even threatened me again the week before the Atlantis Cruise that she is going to send me home. I took her threat seriously and I've already looked the possibility of volunteering to get through to another ship and paying my way before she'd throw me out I only wish that he had not compared me to the massage therapists, saying I did more Retail than all of them made together.

These are things that create resistance and jealousy and I try to avoid them whenever possible. All patients that I see are offered Chinese herbal formulas. It is simply required in my experience to compliment the Acupuncture treatments with Chinese Herbs at home.

It is clear to all that even 5 consecutive daily treatments are not enough to treat chronic problems. So the comparison to the spa staff who are struggling to sell beauty products in addition to the professional services they give does not have a place and it infuriates the staff towards me and Chinese Medicine rather than creating an incentive to sell more. Lutz, a German-born Australian 57, is now head chef at the Ocean View.

It's a great honor. Since he was treated in my clinic we became very close friends. He points out best and highest quality food of the day to me every day whenever we meet as I arrive in the Ocean View. I had to increasingly use food as a therapy to strengthen the organs that need strengthening against the tension and pressure we are under. The Acupuncture practitioners enjoy better conditions than the rest of the team.

We are supposed to work "only" 52 hours a week and can choose the time off work and which port to get off the ship.

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