I’m looking for an in depth explanation of the Lecha Dodi we say on Friday night. Is there any peirush out there that does this?

  • Are you looking for a book, a web article, what?
    – ezra
    Nov 2, 2017 at 13:02
  • @ezra a sefer that deals with this
    – adtz
    Nov 2, 2017 at 13:03
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    Are you looking for a whole book just about this, or for any book (such as a commentary on the siddur) that includes a commentary on this? Do you have any preferences for the language of the work, or its style? For example: Hassidic, not Hassidic, etc.
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 2, 2017 at 13:10
  • You may start with the commentary in the Artscroll Siddur. Shouldn't you have one, I'm sure you'll find it in a nearby synagogue. Nov 2, 2017 at 13:30
  • The Siddur Matok M'dvash would be very useful to look at for his commentary Nov 5, 2017 at 20:08

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Here are a few that contain running commentaries on this hymn:

  1. The controversial book Hemdat Ha-yamim (vol 1 p. 43).
  2. R. Moshe [Austrer] of Zamość (Arugat Ha-bosem, 62ff.)
  3. R. Avenr Afjin (Divrei Shalom vol. 4, 391ff.) Note: some of his commentary is from #1.

I have aslo seen referenced in numerous places a collection entitled 'Tikkunei Shabbat' (pub. 1641) by R. Raphael b. Yaakov of Posen which contains a commentary too, however, I have not seen the book myself.


Here is what I found:

Lecha Dodi Likrat Kallah

The Majestic Bride - Lecha Dodi (Lubavitch Rabbis)

I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for, but the first one is a commentary on the piyut and the second one contains two discourses delivered by the last two Lubavitcher Rebbes. (The first one is all Hebrew and the second one is Hebrew/English.)

  • I was looking for a commentary on the piyut so the first should be great. Thanks.
    – adtz
    Nov 2, 2017 at 14:32

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