Prayer and Religious Articles: Prayer and Blessings: L'chah Dodi:
What is the origin of the poem "L'chah Dodi"?
L'chah Dodi was written by the kabbalist R.Sh'lomoh ha-Levi Alkabetz
of Safed in the mid-1500s. Its stanzas begin with the letters of the
author's name: SH-L-M-H H-L-V-Y. It was praised by Rabbis Isaac Luria
(the ARI) and Yeshaiah Horwitz (the SH'LAH), and was therefore adopted
to be recited (or sung) on Friday evenings just before Mizmor Shir le-
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