Shabbat is a time for the Jewish people to reconnect with God and spirituality. Different songs permeate the day: In the prayer services, throughout the meals, and any other time one desires. One of these songs is Lecha Dodi.
The Friday Night Prayers
On Friday night, the service is filled with songs. It is known as “Kabbalat Shabbat,” or “Acceptance of the Shabbat.” Beautiful tunes fill the synagogue and the home in order to properly bring in the sanctity of the day. The holy day is a time to refresh and rebuild our relationship with God. Another aspect is to bring that holiness into the coming week. Therefore, it is especially important to respectfully usher the day in.
Toward the end of the Friday night service, Jews sing the prayer “Lecha Dodi,” literally meaning “come, my beloved.” The kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz composed the song.
We refer to this special day as the Queen. Hence, we must do everything we can to properly prepare for a queen! “One of the themes of the hymn – preparing oneself to greet the Shabbat – is based on the Talmud’s account of how the Sages would welcome the Holy Day (Shabbat 119a): Rabbi Chanina would wrap himself in his cloak and say, ‘Come, let us go and greet the Shabbat Queen.” Rabbi Yannai would don his robe and say, “Enter O bride! Enter, O bride! ‘”(Chabad.org).
It is such a beautiful and holy day. Combining music with the holiness of the day is a perfect way to reconnect with God.