Ibrahim Jaffe and the Healing Doves

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

I enjoyed interviewing Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, founder of the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism, for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here is an excerpt from his incredible story, which took place during his first year of residency at the University of Illinois Medical School.

She continued to spiral downward until she reached a point where we knew she only had a few days left. Her vital signs were out of control. Her pulse, which should have been about 80, was 150. Her respirations, which should have been around 12, were up around 40 to 50. Her temperature was hypothermic, around 94 to 96. And her blood pressure, which normally should have been at 120/80, was down to 50 over zero, barely enough to sustain life.

As she neared death, three Orthodox rabbis who had been regularly visiting her decided to consult with a head rabbi in Jerusalem. The head rabbi found a passage in the Talmud that said that the way to heal yellow hepatitis is to clean the feathers around a dove’s sexual orifice, and then place the dove over the belly button of the person with hepatitis. The passage said that if the dove dies, it means it’s absorbing the disease, and to continue to put doves over the belly button until they stop dying. At that point, the disease has been absorbed and the person may be healed.

One of the rabbis asked the chief of medicine whether he would allow doves to be brought into the ICU so that the girl could potentially be healed. The chief of medicine, who was also Jewish and who was very sad about losing this young girl, agreed. So the rabbis went around to pet stores and soon came in with a giant cage filled with around thirty doves. They said special prayers, cleaned off the orifice on a really big dove, and held it over the girl’s belly button.

The dove took one breath and fell over dead. It was shocking. It was clear that something mysterious was at work. One after another, the doves kept falling over dead, with each one taking a little bit longer to die. The first dove lasted one second, the second one lasted maybe ten seconds, and the third one about a minute.

It was so amazing that I got a bit suspicious, thinking that the rabbi holding the dove may be doing something to it that I couldn’t see. I asked if I could hold a dove over the girl, but was told, “No, you aren’t a rabbi so you don’t have the permission of God to do this type of healing.” I told them I was a sannyasin but they said, “No, only as a rabbi will we accept this form of healing from you.” So I said, “Then can I put my hands over your hands so I can feel what happens?” They agreed to that, so as they were holding the dove over the girl, I put my hands over the rabbi’s hands. All he was doing to the dove was holding it. He clearly wasn’t squeezing it, pushing it down, or killing it in any way. The doves were dying purely from the energetic release of what was coming out of the girl’s body.

This went on for three or four hours. They had gone through eighteen of the doves when the chief of medicine abruptly entered the room and told the rabbis they had to leave. Apparently what happened is that most of the doctors in the hospital came together, confronted the chief of medicine, and told him that if he didn’t get the doves out of the ICU, where they could be spreading disease, that they were going to have his license revoked. And he caved in. You’d think the idea of bringing in a bunch of doves to heal a patient would have been interesting, or at least humorous, to the other doctors and residents, but it was just the opposite. I was shocked at their level of hostility.

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