Prayers

L’cha Dodi

לכה דודי

 (“Come, My Beloved, to greet the bride…) ”Attributed to the sixteenth-century Safed mystic Shlomo Halevy Alkabetz, the poem is an acrostic of his name and title, Shlomo Halevi.  Sung during the Kabbalat Shabbat service Friday evenings, it celebrates the love between God the bridegroom and Israel the bride and queen. It has been set to a variety of melodies over the centuries.  It is said that the mystics would go out into the fields to welcome the Sabbath bride; in modern synagogues congregants rise and face the door to usher her in, while chanting the final verse.

Examples

Rabbi Hillel Katzir

Cantor Sheila Nesis

A Song and a Prayer

Cantorial Music in Maine​