Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
and Dr Moshe Feldenkrais

“If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.”
—Israel Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

Dr. Feldenkrais moved to Israel in the early 50’s, after being invited by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to work as a scientist for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Prime Minister Ben-Gurion

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

Ben-Gurion suffered from debilitating back pain. Once, the pain was so severe that he was hospitalized in Hadassah Hospital. He had all the top doctors looking into his situation, trying to help him, to no avail.

Ben-Gurion Is Pain-Free With Method of Dr. Feldenkrais

At this point, someone mentioned Dr. Feldenkrais as a possibility. Having no other solution, the Prime Minister decided to give the Dr. Feldenkrais’ approach a try.

Prime Minister Ben-Gurion started working with Dr. Feldenkrais, and within a month, he was pain free.

He continued working with Dr. Feldenkrais until he died. They became fast friends for the remainder of the Prime Minister’s life.

The Prime Minister understood what a breakthrough that Dr. Feldenkrais’ method was. He even tried to create a university specifically focused on teaching the work of Dr. Feldenkrais, but was not successful at the time.

The Method of Dr. Feldenkrais Becomes a Household Name

However, when the article of the Prime Minister standing on his head appeared (after two years of Dr. Feldenkrais working with him to be able to do it), the method of Dr. Feldenkrais became a household name in Israel.

Prime Minister Ben-Gurion wanted Dr. Feldenkrais’ theory and method to become a part of all education and medicine, but both men were too much ahead of their time for the rest of the world to grasp this opportunity.

Moshé Feldenkrais Is the Man Who Stood Prime Minister Ben-Gurion on His Head

View the article that appeared in The Jerusalem Post: “The Man Who Stood the Prime Minister on His Head” by Meyer Levin.

Read the story that Moshé Feldenkrais told to Anat Baniel about Prime Minister Ben-Gurion.

See the letter that Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion wrote about Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais and his method below.

(Click on each image to enlarge the letter.)

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