ARTUR M. SPOKOJNY

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SPOKOJNY--Artur M. Artur M. Spokojny, MD, FACC, Husband, Father, Medical Pioneer Dies at 58. Dr. Artur Manfred Spokojny, alternative cardiologist and internist, died on January 7th in Los Angeles, after a long, brave battle with his illness. He was buried in Sfat, Israel on Thursday, January 9th, 2014, resting place of beloved teacher, Kabbalist Rav Berg. Words cannot convey the love and respect Artur had for Rav and Karen Berg, who changed the course of his life and illness when they met in 1993. Services coincided with the Kaddish for Artur's father, Sen. Julius Spokojny; the Creator's hand is evident in such timing. Donations may be made for Dr. Artur Spokojny to KCI at 1108 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 for The Tel Aviv Beshalach Project, the Torah portion of his departure in which he shared an affinity. The Zohar's commentary on the Prophet Elijah, resonate deeply with Artur's extraordinary longevity in the face of terminal illness. Diagnosed in 1991 with rare Smoldering T-Cell Leukemia Lymphoma, he was given seven years to live. Artur was born in Augsburg, Germany on May 10th, 1955, on Lag B'Omer, Hebrew holiday and death anniversary of R. Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. His connection to Kabbalah which began at birth would manifest many years later as the principles of the Zohar became his foundation for life-changing paradigm. In 1961, at age six, Artur's academic brilliance shined, he completed reading his first year textbook that very day. In secondary school, he sat for two grades in 1971 and began medical studies in 1973 completing at Ludwig-Maximillian-University of Munich in 1979. Artur was awarded the 'Studiendstiftung de Duetschen Volkes' scholarship in 1975 then sat for the Medical examinations completing in 1979. After internships, he was granted his 'Approbation als Arzt'-- medical license--in November 1979, Dr. Spokojny became Chair I Research Assistant in "venous return" at the Institute of Physiology, University of Dusseldorf, just shy of his 25th birthday, then spent a year at Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem. He widely published medical research here and abroad. In 1983, Dr. Spokojny was the first foreign student ever to be accepted into residency at Beth Israel of Harvard University Hospital in Boston, MA where he performed ground-breaking research on laser treatment for coronary disease and heart infection. From Beth Israel, NY in 1985, Dr. Spokojny joined the faculty at New York Hospital Cornell Medical University in 1989 as Assistant Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. After Artur's diagnosis, he looked for alternatives to create a new paradigm for healing. Meeting Rav and Karen Berg solidified both the change in his outlook on life and medicine. Artur credited their relationship and healing modalities of the Zohar with prolonging his life. In 1996, he left Cornell creating Whole Heart Center of New York as an alternative cardiologist and internist. The doctor who's every move was for the love of Science perceived disease in a whole new light discovering modern medical breakthroughs recorded in the Zohar over 2000 before. Artur then lectured worldwide on science and spirituality and kabbalistic consciousness and healing techniques serving as advisor and researcher on projects reducing radiation levels of nuclear waste around the world. Artur, a unique combination of intellectual prowess with a penchant for mischief and mayhem, loved a good party, good friends, fine food, wine and single malt scotch. Whether discussing nuclear science and radioactive waste solutions with President Bill Clinton, the CEO of one of Europe's largest Nuclear Power Companies, or the United States Department of Energy during the George W. Bush administration, Artur commanded the floor earning respect with seriousness, brilliance and unconditional care for the welfare our of world. Artur was a gentleman's gentleman; to know him was to love him. His laugh was infectious, his dry sense of humor, zest for wisdom irresistible. A voracious literarian of historical and science fiction fantasy, spiritual, scientific and medical tomes, he loved Jewish, new age and classical music as well as classic rock, enjoyed travel, appreciated good movies, delighted in chocolate and making a good cup of coffee. Above all, Artur was a dedicated and loving husband and father. Artur and Melissa were married by Rav Berg and sons on August 24th, 1995, nine months to the day of their first date. They welcomed first daughter, Rachael, in July 1999, and second, Miriam, in April 2001. Artur developed family property in Augsburg, called Zobelpark naming Julius-Spokojny-Weg for his late father. Dr. Artur Spokojny is also survived by parents-in-law, Barbara and Irving Orenstein, sister in-law Laurie, husband Ken Goeringer, children Zachary, Jonathan and Erin, all of New York. In Israel, Aunt Sala Mateles, cousin Tovy and husband Eldad Malkin, children Rona, Ori and Tal, cousin Zeev Chayut and children Maya, Dor and Omer, cousin Hadassah Eckshtien, children Iaron, Sharon and Orit. In Germany, Cousin Heinrich Spokojny and wife Petra, their daughters Helen and Linda, her son Morris. Dr. Spokojny, missed by his many patients for whom it was his honor to serve and by his Kabbalah Centre family, chevre and community around the world, who enriched his life beyond measure--especially Meir Yeshurun, who stayed with him to the end. Artur lives in the hearts and souls of all those he touched. We will always love you, dear Artur.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 31, 2014
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