L'Cha Dodi

Is there a more beautiful Hebrew song in words and spirit than L'Cha Dodi?

Come my beloved
to meet the bride,
Let us welcome the Sabbath

L'Cha Dodi was originally a poem composed kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz. Rabbi Alkabetz was a kabbalist in the 1500's, about 500 years prior to Madonna.

Lately, Stephanie and I have been trying to track down a particular arrangement of the song. It was the one I grew up hearing at B'nai Jeshurun in Cleveland (back when we called it Heights Temple). As far as I knew at the time, it was the only version. Turns out that there are about 50 different melodies for this song

Anyhoo, Stephanie spent hours trying to find this particular tune, so I turned to the fine people on the Hava Nashira Listserv. Within a few hours, I received about 5 responses pointing me to the correct answer.

It was one of those humbling moments when I realized that technology allowed me to do something I couldn't have done 10 years ago. In a matter of seconds, I was able to pose my question to the 2,000 people in this country most qualified to answer it.

You know, maybe this whole Internet phenomenon is for real after all.


Rachel Rutherford said...

I love that you did this.

Anonymous said...

So where can I find the download? I went to Heights Temple also and can't find the Sulzer version anywhere! Thanks

Anonymous said...

My e-mail is okmi@aol.com. Thanks.