Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

As It Is Written, Your Handwriting Can Reveal a Lot; Expert in Jewish Mysticism Is Also Trained as a Graphologist

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

As It Is Written, Your Handwriting Can Reveal a Lot; Expert in Jewish Mysticism Is Also Trained as a Graphologist

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Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY

You don't find many people with this job description: Orthodox Jewish photographer, religious school guidance counselor, handwriting expert.

But that's Brooklyn's Yaakov Rosenthal.

Rosenthal, 58, is bringing two of those skills to Jacksonville: After photographing an Orthodox Jewish wedding on Monday, he's scheduled to lecture Tuesday night on Jewish mysticism -- known as kabbalah -- and handwriting analysis.

Throw in a little humor, Rosenthal said, and you have an idea of what his appearance at Chabad at the Beaches will be like.

"In these situations I'm an entertainer," Rosenthal said by telephone recently. "I'm going to show them [audience members] something about themselves they didn't know they knew."

I couldn't resist the notion of someone using my notoriously poor handwriting to find deep spiritual insights into my personality. So, I sent Rosenthal a sample of my writing and he analyzed me over the phone. Here's how the conversation went down.

How did you get interested in handwriting analysis in the first place?

I was curious. I was in computers at the time, I ran a data center, and I interviewed people. There was a woman who analyzed handwriting samples, so I would bring written resumes to her and she would give insight into people. . . . [So] I went to school about 20 years ago. I trained with a graphologist named Felix Klein, world renowned.

Is this a skill you use now?

I work as a guidance counselor in Brooklyn. And the advantage I have is that when the student comes to me, I don't need to ask them what's going on. I just look at the handwriting and I start talking about them . . . and I am able to develop a rapport with them quite quickly.

Your presentation here next week is billed as a way to "Discover the Real You: The Kabbalah of Handwriting." How can handwriting reveal the "real you"?

When you think a thought and want to put it down on paper . . . the action of putting it on the piece of paper is not run by your head. Your brain is not telling the hand how to spell the words on a piece of paper. It just flows. So my hand just becomes a conduit for what my thoughts want to transmit.

And that's the real you?

This is where I think the kabbalah answers the question. . . . When a person passes away . . . what's left is a life force. The kabbalah would call that life force a level of your soul. …

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