Lekhah Dodi
Tefillah Toolkit Issue 1

Elie Kaunfer, Dena Weiss, Joey Weisenberg

Mechon Hadar's Tefillah Toolkit takes a prayer or a section of a service from Jewish liturgy and explores it from three perspectives: content, meaning, and music. Together as a package, we explore what the prayer is about, what it means to pray it, and how to get a community praying it together.

In this issue:

  • Elie Kaunfer investigates the deeper meaning of the poem Lekhah Dodi. How is it structured? What does the refrain mean? What are the biblical and Talmudic allusions in the stanzas?
  • Dena Weiss asks: Why is Shabbat so lonely? How is Shabbat the perfect partner for the Jewish people? And how does this change our understanding of singing Lekhah Dodi?
  • Joey Weisenberg shares best practices when leading Lekhah Dodi in community, and samples four tunes of very different styles.
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The Deeper Meaning of Lekhah Dodi
(audio/mpeg, 36.73MB)

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Lekhah Dodi: Greeting Our Loneliness
(audio/mpeg, 5.98MB)

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Lekhah Dodi: Tips and Tunes
(audio/mpeg, 44.79MB)
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