School of Ophanim and Prophetic Jewish Meditation
The purpose of Nefesh Haya is to teach and train teachers in the practices of Ophanim and in the specific system of Jewish meditation which we call “Prophetic Jewish Meditation”.
Ophanim "Yoga" is the system of meditation integrated with body postures which works with the spiritual and energetic attributes of the Hebrew letters.
Prophetic Jewish Meditation is a series of seven stages/techniques in which the person moves up the ladder of his/her soul to reach a state of mental stability, renewal, expansion and greater access to the inner voice/God-within. These stages are all based on traditional kabalistic techniques and a sequence of practice which was transmitted by one of the greatest modern Breslover Chassidim and Kabalists, Rav Gedalyah Aharon Koenig (z”l) of Zfat and Jerusalem. To make this precious knowledge available, Nefesh Haya offers various classes, workshops, and training intensives in Israel, the US and England.
There is also a network of trained teachers in parts of the US, Canada and England. To view a list of teachers, please CLICK HERE.
The practices of Ophanim and Jewish meditation do not exist in a vacuum, but traditionally are connected with a full spiritual life which includes prayer (solitary and communal) and study. In fact, they are preparations for prayer. Nefesh Haya presents relevant teachings from such Chassidic masters as the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Nachman and the Sephardic Kabbalists to nourish this connection. This teaching is also done through storytelling and song in the tradition of the Chassidim, and in particular the great Reb Shlomo Carlebach z”l. These teachings breathe new life and add new dimensions to our lives as Jews.
Please take the time to browse our site for additional information on classes, teacher training and access to teaching materials, or if you prefer you can also call, e-mail or write to:
Zvi Zavidowsky at Nefesh Haya (“living soul/breath”)
School of Ophanim and Jewish Prophetic Meditation,
Moshav Beit Meir #4, Israel 90865
Telephone (in Israel): 02-5795587
Telephone (from the US): 011 972 2 5795587
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
List of Instructors
Zvi Zavidowsky - Director
GET THE NEWLY REVISED:
Ophanim: Yoga of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet: A Practical Guide by Zvi Zavidowsky now. The cost is $32 USD (includes airmail postage)
This book includes photographs and instructions for all postures, breathing and meditation techniques, information about meaning and benefits of each letter pose, and introduction to the basic concepts of Ophanim and the Sefer Yetzirah, and how Ophanim came to be rediscovered/revealed in the present time.