Donmeh West

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Dönmeh West is a non-sectarian, international organization which promotes an original reformulation of Sabbatean and Frankist kabbalah under the guidance of its founder and leader, Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain.

Donmeh West was founded in 1972 by the Kabbalist, religious philosopher and poet Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain, a descendant of Turkish Sabbateans. Both he and Donmeh West have been credited with initiating and leading a revival in Neo-Sabbatian Kabbalah over the past 40 years.[1]

In light of this, the Israeli newspaper Maariv published an extensive interview with Reb Yakov Leib[2] (an expanded English version of which can be found on the Donmeh West website[1]) and has begun translating and publishing writings of his as feature articles in the Culture and Religion section of their newspaper.[3]

Donmeh West and its founder Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain are noted and discussed by Prof. Matt Goldish in the introduction to his book, The Sabbatean Prophets, published by Harvard University Press,[4] as well as by Prof. Wendelin von Winckelstein in his study, Die Odyssee des Aristoteles.[5]

Almost since its founding, Donmeh West has maintained an active, large website at, to which almost 200 thousand people to date (see counter at bottom of website) have come to read and listen to the Neo-Sabbatian teachings of its founder, Yakov Leib HaKohain.

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  1. ^ a b Ma'ariv newspaper interview w/ Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain on the revival of Neo-Sabbatian Kabbalah, Donmeh West official website.
  2. ^ קבל חטא חטא
  3. ^ search on רבי יעקב לייב הכהן (Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain), Maariv online
  4. ^ Goldish, Matt. The Sabbatean Prophets. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-674-01291-2
  5. ^ Wendelin von Winckelstein, Die Odyssee des Aristoteles, Google books.