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Kabbalistic 40-day ‘soul correction’ guide for Elul & the High Holidays released on Sefaria

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A daily reading ritual for Elul and the High Holidays, known as a ‘soul correction’, from the cornerstone kabbalistic text Tiqqunei ha-Zohar has been adapted for the 5781/2021 calendar and released, via Sefaria, into the Creative Commons in advance of Rosh Ḥodesh Elul.

The daily ritual guide published on Sefaria comprises a ‘ḥiluk’ (division) of the text, which begins on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul and culminates with Yom Kippur. The centuries-old 40-day custom of spiritual preparation derives from a belief held by kabbalistic schools of 16th century Safed that the most appropriate texts to study during the Ten Days of Repentance were kabbalistic works.

Produced by Yoram Symons and David Solomon of Margalya Press, the ḥiluk comes in advance of the publication next year of the world’s first full English translation of Tiqqunei ha-Zohar. The seven-volume annotated bilingual edition of Tiqqunei ha-Zohar, translated and edited by David Solomon, will be published by Margalya Press in mid-2022.

“We are delighted to offer the ḥiluk in advance of the publication of the English translation of Tiqqunei ha-Zoharnext year,” said Marjorie Solomon, Publishing Director at Margalya Press.

“This year, people who can read the tiqqunim in its Aramaic will be able to follow the direction of the ḥiluk, but the publication of the English translation next year, will make this custom – as well as the many mystical and literary treasures contained within this extraordinary text – available to a wider audience,” she said.

Additional information:

  • The ḥiluk can be found here.
  • The essay on the ḥiluk can be found here.
  • Margalya Press has provided two possible ḥilukim (divisions) for people to use. One is based on the original division which first appeared in the Constantinople editions of Tiqqunei ha-Zohar in 1719 and 1740. An alternative division was formulated by Rabbi Daniel Frisch in his Introduction to the Matoq Mi-Dvash (1991) Hebrew translation of and commentary upon Tiqqunei ha-Zohar
  • More background information about the ḥiluk is provided in the short essay accompanying its publication on Sefaria. 

For more information visit margalya.com or contact Marjorie Solomon, Margalya Press Publishing Director, at (email) msolomon@margalya.com.

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