Open Thread: Musical Interlude


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As a (marginal) folkie, I found this fascinating. From Wikipedia:

Lcha Dodi (Hebrew: לכה דודי; also transliterated as Lecha Dodi, L’chah Dodi, Lekah Dodi, Lechah Dodi; Ashkenazic pronunciation: Lecho Dodi, Biblical: Lekhah Dhodhiy) is a Hebrew-language Jewish liturgical song recited Friday at dusk, usually at sundown, in synagogue to welcome Shabbat prior to the Maariv (evening services). It is part of the Kabbalat Shabbat (“acceptance of Sabbath”).

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”). During the singing of the last verse, the entire congregation rises and turns to the open door, to greet “Queen Shabbat” as she arrives….

Its importance in the esteem of Jewish worshipers has led every cantor and choir-director to seek to devote his sweetest strains to the Shabbat welcomesong. 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…

One has to assume that Leonard Cohen, observant Jew and Zen Buddhist, considers this re-purposing… amusing, yes?

Or do I misunderstand?

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    Jon says:

    As someone who has a graduate degree in Jewish Studies, I can tell you that this is awesome.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    It took me a little while before I realized they were singing it to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It fits. I think he’d be pleased.

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    clayton says:

    Maybe there’s a God above
    But all I’ve ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
    It’s not a cry you can hear at night
    It’s not somebody who has seen the light
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken

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    Valdivia says:

    nice arragenment for that song. Only thing, for me, is that hasid pronunciation of the hebrew. yikes.

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    Smedley the Uncertain says:

    Annie, Thanks for sharing this…Halleluiah.
    Just a goy boy…

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    Djur says:

    Is that anything like “Lodi Dodi”?

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