Repair of the Soul Tikkun HaNefesh תיקון הנפש
|Spiritual Guidance & Shema-nik Healing||
Listening for the Sacred Shomei-a BaRuach שומע ברוח
(Listening with the soul / Hearing in the wind)
תּוֹרָה שׁוֹכֶנֶת בְּתּוֹכֵנוּ שֶׁשׁוֹכְנִים בַּתּוֹרָה
Torah sho-chenet b’tocheinu she-shoch’nim baTorah
Torah Shev-shuv: sit-again, settle-back, reside & return – in Torah
The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a participatory text - an opportunity to be in conversation with the Sacred. Because a Hebrew Torah scroll is written without vowels, it is half of a conversation and needs a breathing partner to activate the text. The intent of this translation is to bring a sense of the original Hebrew to the English reader, in order to invite you into conversation with the text.
Engaging in dialog with Torah requires avodah: work/worship/service. This translation is a study text, opening the breadth of meaning of the original Hebrew. To show this, multiple definitions are given for some words (indicated with unique punctuation), and the phrasing often follows the flow of the original Hebrew rather than English usage. Also, the meanings of people and place names are shown as they often indicate an underlying spiritual condition. It's a bit different to read about Earthling and Life-force in the Garden of Delight, or the Tower of Mingling in the Valley of Adolescence. It is recommended that you read the Translation Notes in order to better understand this approach.
I encourage you to download and share these texts (under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, see below), particularly for conversation and study with others. Torah may have been given at Mount Sinai, but receiving it is an ongoing task among us all.
If you find this translation useful, please join all the witnessing community (kol ha-eidah) and send a contribution to support the ongoing work. All contributions are gratefully received - one-time or recurring. Donations can be sent:
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I also encourage you to respond with feedback, especially about your experiences reading Torah with these texts.
- Reb Rachmiel Langer
In these translations:
See the full Translation Notes document for explanations of intent, approach to Biblical Hebrew and Tanakh, and sources.
(Last updated, Notes: 2023-02-28, Sources: 2021-09-25)
These files are translated selections from Tanakh with side-by-side Hebrew and English text and links to the endnotes. The files are HTML format. Clicking on a "Torah Text" link will display the text in your browser. You can also download or print the file for later viewing. You can jump to a particular verse within any of the files by typing #v-chapter:verse after the filename. For example: for the Noah passage, click on the Torah Text link for that entry and then add #v-9:13 at the end of the URL to jump to chapter 9, verse 13.
The Translation Notes explain the style and approach to Biblical Hebrew.
See Translation List for listing of translated verses. (Last updated 2023-06-03)
The full text of Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) is also available for use with the mySword Bible-study app (Android) and the myBible app (Android, iOS) as TSBSB (Torah Shev-shuv). With these apps you can view the translation alongside other versions - the original Hebrew, King James, etc. - and Hebrew words can link to dictionary entries. Verses translated by Rachmiel are marked with an asterisk (and blue text, in mySword). Other verses are from JPS 1917 (The Holy Scriptures, Jewish Publication Society of America) which is in the public domain. The JPS 1917 translation has been slightly modernized.
TSBSB mySword bible database v 2.04, 2023-06-03 (for Android, including Amazon Fire)
TSBSB myBible bible database v 2.04, 2023-06-03 (for iOS or Android)
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Rachmiel’s translation is an incredible resource for the English speaking Hebrew learner. It is the only text I have seen willing to compromise a few English grammatical formalities for the sake of exposing the subtleties of Hebrew. His footnotes and detailed translation notes carefully reveal the intricacies of the translation process, and it is an exceptional tool for guiding the reader into a deeper understanding of the text. - LF
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There is very, very much that is a blessing in what Rabbi Rachmiel is bringing forth. His style of showing multiple meanings shares with the English-only reader more of the dimensions of the Hebrew. What he is creating is truly an astonishment. The more i'm with it, the more moved and excited i am by it. His translation is something that is missing from all translations into English that currently exist. i pray this translation will open the door wide to consider the question of whether the way we have been translating our Sacred Text is how we want to be doing so going forward in the 21st Century and beyond - rabbi alan
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