Kabbalistic Book Publishing
“It is not only the right thing to do, but the right time to do it.”
A Pioneer in Kabbalistic Publishing
Yeshivas HaMekubalim Nefesh HaChaim is a pioneer in publishing siddurim and machzorim with the kavanot of the Arizal, geared for beginner and more advanced alike, among numerous other works.
We are blessed with encouragement from gedolei Torah of our generation and is especially endorsed by Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein Shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas HaTfuzot (Diaspora Yeshiva). Please see below for his and other approbations.
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Past & Present
Throughout the years, we have expanded the repertoire of seforim we publish to incorporate a few types of siddurim, machzorim, tikun chatzot, and pamphlets on various subjects. We also plan on publishing, bezrat HaShem, a Tehillim, seforim on halachot and customs, commentaries on the Arizal’s writing and other Kabbalah seforim, siddurim for women, Seder for Hoshana Raba night, Shavuot night, Shvi’i Shel Pesach, books on segulot and personal prayers, a book of songs for Shabbat and Festivals, for Chanukat HaBayit, Seder for a Brit Yitzchak, and prayers for the illui nashama of the niftarim.
We are presently occupied with publishing our siddur, “Siddur Chen”. Many years of painstaking work was put into it already. It is a result of much effort of our group that gathers to study the introductions and kavanot of the Arizal. The siddur incorporates introductions, charts, and explanations to ease the understanding of these kavanot. We are simultaneoussly working on Ashkenaz, Sefard, and Sefardi siddurim, in three languages: Hebrew, English, and Spanish. We hope to include more languages in the future.
Three Primary Series
We all know how important tefilla is to our lives and to HaShem. The more we cry out to HaShem, and the more kavana we have in our daily tefilla, the more siyata dishmaya we see from HaShem. I have had a vision of giving am Yisrael a tool to be able to have more kavana and more understanding in our daily tefillot. For the past few years, we have been working on publishing several books and 3 main series of books to help inspire and enliven our daily tefillot.
The first series of books is the mikdash series, where we have already published one volume with English instructions in Edot HaMizrach, called Zichron Dovid. This series is for those who are beginning in Kabbalah but know the tefillot well. It gives clear instructions for the most basic meditations (yichudim) and kavanot.
The second series is Siddur Chen, which includes an intermediate level of kavanot, with clear instructions for those who have solid concepts in Kabbalah. We have already published a weekday Ashkenaz siddur in Hebrew, and a Pesach night machzor with sefirat ha’omer in both Ashkenaz and Edot HaMizrach. The Shabbos Ashkenaz siddur and English versions are being prepared for print.
Our third and most advanced series is that of Siddur HaRashash! The most ancient and original Siddur HaRashash is the Siddur HaYare, written by Rabbi Yedidya Rafael Abulafia. The only print we have available today is that of an original handwritten copy, which is difficult to read and use easily for those unfamiliar with chatzi kulmous, the old classic handwriting used at that time. We want to take this siddur and publish it using a new, more clear typesetting, so that it will be more easy on the eye and more desirable to use. Along with that, we want to add clear introductions, instructions, and explanations.
Featured Kabbalistic Works
Siddur Kavanos HaRashash
Considered by many to be the authoritative work on Kabbalah Meditation, Siddur HaRashash was compiled according to the teachings and Kabbalistic meditations of the Rashash.
This is the prayer book that classical Kabbalists use. Praying with Siddur HaRashash takes much more time than regular prayers. One can only understand the meditations contained therein after years of study of Kabbalah.
The most ancient and original Siddur HaRashash is Siddur HaYare written by Rabbi Yedidya Rafael Abulafia, but the only print we have available today is that of an original handwritten copy that is difficult to read and use.
Therefore, we are currently working on a new version, with more readable type.
Seven Volume Set
- Weekday Shacharis
- Mincha and Maariv
- Kriat Shema sheal Hamita, Birchat HaShachar and Tikkun Chatzot
- Erev Shabbos and Maariv Shabbos
- Shacharis and Mussaf of Shabbos
- Mincha of Shabbos and Motzei Shabbos
- Kavanos HaShulchan (three meals of Shabbos, Melava Malka, etc.)
After we finish printing these seven volumes, we are planning, bezras HaShem, to do another edition with footnotes that explain each kavana. We also plan on translating those footnotes.
Siddur Zichron Dovid
Siddur Zichron Dovid will bring your prayers to an even higher level through the Kabbalistic meditation and instructions in English. All the prayers are in Hebrew according to the Ben Ish Chai.
Our siddurim are printed in an unabridged, clear format. They include introductions, instructions, and various customs written in a clear and easy style, appropriate for our age and day. They also feature various prayers, intentions, charts, and expanded roshei teivos to assist those wishing to enter these gates of wisdom.
All of this is done with professional typesetting, layout, and printing, facilitating easy reading and use. Many of those who have used our siddurim have said they cannot substitute them for any other kind.
Siddur Chen Ashkenaz
Siddur Chen Ashkenaz is geared for those with some understanding of Kabbalah, but who are not yet ready for Siddur HaRashash. Like Siddur Zichron Dovid, Chen Ashkenaz will bring your prayers to an even higher level through the Kabbalistic meditation and instructions, soon to be in English. All the prayers are in Hebrew according to the Ashkenaz minchag.
We are working on an introductory level set of machzorim. We are ready to print the first volume of the Hebrew edition and then to continue with making an English translation for next year, with the help of HaShem.
"...my father, HaGaon Rav Dr. Mordechai Goldstein zt"l, told Rabbi Shepherd to "work on translating and publishing books on Kabbalah. It is not only the right thing to do, but the right time to do it." . . . I support and encourage this project and give my blessings to all the people who are involved in helping this important work."
— HaRav Yitzchak Goldstein Shlit"a
Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaTfutzot (Diaspora Yeshiva) Toras Yisrael
Chief Rabbi of Mount Zion, Jerusalem and King David's Tomb
Be a Part of These Amazing Projects!
There are several options for being a part of these amazing projects, including anonymous donations, a memorial or lehavdil, a dedication for a loved one, as a sentence, page, or half-page, in one siddur or all volumes, and one can also dedicate a volume or the whole set. This will be a big merit to stand for all of us, and to bring the redemption closer. Join us in printing these essential Kabbalistic works, and reap the tremendous spiritual reward that comes with them.
For first edition printings of versions in Hebrew, Hebrew and English, and Hebrew and Spanish.
Siddur Kavanos HaRashash
Siddur Zichron Dovid
Siddur Chen Ashkenaz
Machzor for Yom Kippur
Machzor for Rosh HaShannah
Machzor for Sukkot
Machzor for Pesach
Machzor for Shavuot
– The Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman