But it was once very generally sung in the northern congregations of Europe; and a variant was chosen by Benedetto Marcello for his rendition of Psalm xix. Listen to this recording of L’cha Dodisung by the Abayudaya of Uganda. As was common at the time, the song is also an acrostic, with the first letter of the first eight stanzas spelling the author's name. In some synagogues, congregants will rise and turn to face the entrance of the synagogue during the last verse; people imagine they are greeting the Sabbath bride by bowing to the left and the right. Uganda Its importance in the esteem of Jewish worshipers has led every hazzan and choir-director to seek to devote his sweetest strains to the Shabbat welcome song. Listen There are others who would contend that with L’cha Dodi there is no such stricture, the sky is the limit. All my afflicted people will find refuge within you. What L’cha Dodi musical styling will be next? The better known of these is an air, reserved for the Omer weeks between Passover and Shavuot, which has been variously described, because of certain of its phrases, as an adaptation of the famous political song "Lillibullero" and of the cavatina in the beginning of Mozart's "Nozze di Figaro." In some very old-style Ashkenazic synagogues the verses are ordinarily chanted at elaborate length by the hazzan, and the refrain is used as a congregational response, but in most Ashkenazic Orthodox synagogues it is sung by everyone together to any one of a large number of tunes. Listen Notice that often a vowel sound is added to the end of the Hebrew word (such as Likrat- ee), reflecting the influence of Lugandan. Settings of Lekhah Dodi, usually of great expressiveness and not infrequently of much tenderness and beauty, are accordingly to be found in every published compilation of synagogal melodies. 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His works range from instrumental symphonic and chamber works to exquisite art songs and liturgical music. At Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) in New York City, ethnomusicologist Dr. Mark Kligman reported on his research in 2002, “that it (the music) is a mixture of styles – generational and cultural. Less widely utilized in the present day is the special air traditional for the "Three Weeks" preceding Tisha b'Av, although this is characterized by much tender charm absent from the melody of Eli Tziyyon, which more often takes its place. Listen Although commissioned originally by a conservative congregation, this somewhat raucous setting from Taubman’s Friday Night Live service reflects an evolution in Reform Worship practice that arose in the late 1990’s – concurrent with Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s call for Worship Transformation in 1999. Arise!  The poem shows Israel asking God to bring upon that great Shabbat of Messianic deliverance. Lekha Dodi (Hebrew: לכה דודי; also transliterated as Lecha Dodi, L'chah Dodi, Lekah Dodi, Lechah Dodi; Ashkenazic pronunciation: Lecho Dodi) is a Hebrew-language Jewish liturgical song recited Friday at dusk, usually at sundown, in synagogue to welcome Shabbat prior to the evening services. It is part of the Kabbalat Shabbat ("welcoming of Sabbath"). Lekha dodi (en hébreu : לכה דודי, « Va, mon bien-aimé ») est un cantique de la liturgie juive, chanté à la synagogue le vendredi soir à la tombée de la nuit en vue d'accueillir la « fiancée chabbat » avant l'office du soir. Summit, The Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship; Oxford University Press, 2000, p.39) For the sake of an organizing principle, then, the examples that will be presented in the following paragraphs will attempt to reflect the melodic variety of eydot haolam, or Jewish communities around the globe. Listen to this excerpt from a medley arranged by Ari Priven, musical director at B’nai Jeshurun. Among the Sephardic congregations, the hymn is sometimes chanted to an ancient Moorish melody, which is known to be much older than the text of Lekhah Dodi. Influences of the romantic styling of Schumann and Brahms and the likes are heard throughout his work. The melody has since fallen out of use in English congregations and elsewhere.  It is one of the latest of the Hebrew poems regularly accepted into the liturgy, both in the southern use, which the author followed, and in the more distant northern rite. Listen to it here. According to Abraham Z. Idelsohn, there were more than 2,000 known melodies to the text ofL’cha Dodi in 1929. Lekhah Dodi means "come my beloved," and is a request of a mysterious "beloved" that could mean either God or one's friend (s) to join together in welcoming Shabbat that is referred to as the " bride ": likrat kallah ("to greet the [ Shabbat] bride"). Dress in your garments of splendor, my people. During the singing of the last verse, the entire congregation rises and turns to the west towards the setting sun (or toward the entrance to the synagogue), to greet "Queen Shabbat" as she arrives. Synagogue bands and instrumental ensembles in worship were at that time revolutionary. 22; This page was last edited on 10 July 2020, at 15:40. Not surprisingly then, we find that the musical traditions of a host country are imprinted in the tunes attached to the text of L’cha Dodi. Translations, etc. The Jews of Uganda (Abayudaya) were until recently a little known community of some 600 souls living in the villages surrounding Mbale in Western Uganda. Lecha Dodi - Maccabeats (lyrics in Hebrew/English) - YouTube Leave from the midst of the turmoil; Long enough have you sat in the valley of tears. in his "Estro Poetico-Armonico" or "Parafrasi Sopra li Salmi" (Venice, 1724), where it is quoted as an air of the German Jews. It was a stark contrast to the through composed choral versions that are typical of Reform worship of the 70’s. Those musical styles are seen as just entertainment.3* ( Minutes of the JCRL and JCSM Meeting, April 2003) It is noteworthy that the founding Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, three of the Rabbis and the music director are all natives of Argentina. From the start, from ancient times she was chosen. Lekhah Dodi means "come my beloved," and is a request of a mysterious "beloved" that could mean either God or one's friend(s) to join together in welcoming Shabbat that is referred to as the "bride": likrat kallah ("to greet the [Shabbat] bride").