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In the Nusach Ari used by Chabad, Yedid Nefesh appears as a continuation of Pasach Eliyahu to be said before Mincha. The standard print of the Tehilas Hashem siddur explicitly instructs to say it before Mincha although it is ambiguous at best in the Alter Rebbe's Siddur, from the Siddur Torah Or on it is put squarely before Mincha.

However, many Chabad Houses I have attended will sing Yedid Nefesh right before Lecha Dodi. Is this simply a way of adding a nice tune, or is there a reason behind the practice related to the Nusach of the prayers?

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    I think we do it to accommodate those who do. Proof is that in we don't do it in 770 or Anash minyanim. – Shmuel Brin Sep 29 '14 at 20:55
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    My guess is that it started as a way to stall while waiting for a minyan to show up. It was an existing custom in the world, and it was already in the nusach (albeit for Mincha), so it was convenient. – Menachem Sep 30 '14 at 2:05
  • Perhaps to stall for time so they can daven maariv after צאת הכוכבים. – Ploni Mar 27 '17 at 10:36
  • @Ploni I doubt it as there is no inyan to daven after tzeis on a Friday night. – IntrospectiveRabbi Apr 27 '18 at 21:50

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