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In most Nusach Ashkenaz shuls that I have attended, the congregation and chazzan sing Lecha Dodi and Kel Adon together.

In most Hassidic minyanim (they are Nusach Sefard. I say "Hassidic" since the majority of Nusach Seafrd shuls I have attended are Hassidic shtieblach) they do not sing together, but, rather, the chazzan sings a verse, then the congregation repeats it (a.k.a. sung responsively, which is specifically not the topic of To sing or not to sing - Piyutim on Shabbath).

How did these different minhagim originate?

Also, is there a halachically preferred method?

(I think that this is a general rule for all cong. "songs" but these are the only two that I can think of where I see differences.)

  • Well, what you call the "Hassidic" method is definitely older. If that makes it preferred or not isn't so clear. – Double AA Jun 17 '15 at 16:14
  • I think this question is asking the difference between congregations that sing it stanza by stanza vs. those that sing it together. – Gershon Gold Jun 17 '15 at 16:27
  • that sounds intriguing. I haven't seen those sung stanza by stanza yet. you have a link to a recording of them being sung this way? Would also be interested to hear what the tune would be like sung this way – Dude Nov 11 '15 at 3:23
  • Italians split the verses of Lekha dodi: the first sentence is sung by the chazan, the second is by the congregation – Kazi bácsi Feb 20 '18 at 9:35

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