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Y'did Nefesh

Y'did Nefesh

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Y'did nefesh av harachaman, mshoch avdecha el rtzonecha,
yarutz avdecha kmo ayal, yish-tachaveh el mul hadarecha,
ye-erav lo ydidosecha, minofes tzuf vchol ta-am.

Hodur na-eh ziv ha-olam, nafshi cholas ahavasecha, ana El na rfa na lah, bhar-os lah noam zivecha, az tis-chazeik vsisrapei, vhaysah lah simchas olam.

Vasik yehemu na rachamecha, vchusah na al bein ahuvecha, ki zeh kamah nichsof nichsafti, lir-os bsif-eres uzechcha, eileh chamdah libi, vchusah na val tis-alam.

Higaleh na ufros chavivi alai,
es sukas shlomecha, ta-ir eretz mikvodecha, nagilah vnism'chah bach, maheir ahuv ki va mo-eid, vchoneinu kimei olam.


Beloved of the soul, Compassionate Father, draw Your servant to Your will. Then Your servant will hurry like a hart to bow before Your majesty. To him Your friendship will be sweeter than the dripping of the honeycomb and all taste.

Majestic, beautiful, radiance of the universe my soul is sick for your love. Please O G‑d, heal her now by showing her the pleasantness of Your radiance. Then she will be strengthened and healed and eternal gladness will be hers.

All worthy One -- may Your mercy be aroused and please take pity on the son of Your beloved, because it is so very long that I have yearned intensely to see the splendor of Your strength, only these my heart desired, so please take pity and do not conceal Yourself.

Please be revealed and spread upon me, my Beloved, the shelter of Your peace that we may rejoice and be glad with You. Hasten, be loved, for the time has come, and show us grace as in days of old.

Test excerpted from the soon to be published 'Mayanot Shabbat Companion', published by the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. For more information about Mayanot's educational programs visit
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April 30, 2016
I wish you could provide the Hebrew as well. I would rather practice my reading as I listen. Thanks for the resource though.
David Levinson
July 4, 2015
beautiful recording. thanks.
December 5, 2014
Providing Hebrew on the melody page.
wish you could provide the Hebrew on this page also...I could never do transliteration
Anita Reich
Highland Mills, NY
September 4, 2014
March 14, 2014
This really touches my nefesh!
August 31, 2013
yedid nefesh
Jewish songs and blessings always make me cry , in a good way.
February 22, 2012
Yedid Nefesh
I go every Friday to the Synogogue just to hear the Sabbath prayers, and one is Yedid Nefesh. My neice used to play the flute for weddings and she could really play Yedid Nefesh beautifully.
jack rosen
February 17, 2012
Hours of study encouraged,
The shelter of your peace, could learn for a lifetime from this song. Magestic,
Miss laurie claus
February 15, 2012
Jews have the most beautiful music in the world. I love listening to it. Thank you so much for putting it on your site for me to listen too. God bless you richly!
st james, mo, usa
June 18, 2011
Yedid nefesh
Wonderful melody and prayer.
Shlomo Miransky
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