Lecha Dodi (‘Come my friend’) is the hymn sung during the synagogue service on Friday night to welcome the Sabbath. It was composed by Solomon Alkabetz, a Kabbalist (mystic).
Lecha Dodi in Hebrew and English
לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה
Come, lover, to welcome the bride
פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה
The face of Shabbat we will receive
שָׁמוֹר וְזָכוֹר בְּדִבּוּר אֶחָד
“Keep” and “remember” in one saying
We were caused to listen by the Unified God
Adonai is One, and His Name is One
Listen to Lecha Dodi (courtesy of Mechon Hadar)
Louis Jacobs, a British rabbi and theologian, served as rabbi of the New London Synagogue. Rabbi Jacobs lectures at University College in London and at Lancaster University. He has written numerous books, including Jewish Values, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, and Hasidic Prayer.
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