This Day in Jewish History / The father of Feldenkrais dies

By David B. Green | Jul. 1, 2015 | 6:30 AM | Haaretz.com

Moshe Feldenkrais

Ukraine-born Moshe Feldenkrais moved to Israel with friends at age 14, worked as a builder, earned a PhD at the Sorbonne, taught judo, helped foil the Nazis – then his knee began to hurt.

On July 1, 1984, Moshe Feldenkrais, creator of the method of physical therapy that bears his name, died. Though the charismatic Feldenkrais has been gone for three decades, his philosophy of life and of movement remains influential to this day.

Moshe Pinhas Feldenkrais was born on May 6, 1904, in Slavuta, in what is today Ukraine. He was the oldest of the four children of Avraham, a rabbi and a lumber merchant, and the former Sheindel Leib. In 1912, the family moved to Baranovich (now in Belarus), where he had his bar mitzvah and became involved in a Zionist youth group.

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