Come my Beloved. Our “Beloved” is G-d Himself.
I just wanted to share with you this verse in a song…Lechah Dodi. It was composed by the 16th century Kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz. This is just one of the verses that particularly caught my attention this week as I am preparing for the Sabbath.
Let me share a little more! The song is based on the Talmud’s description of the Sages’ joyous greeting of the Sabbath (Shabbos 119a).
“Enter, O bride! Enter, O bride!”
Come my Beloved. Our “Beloved” is G-d Himself. We invite Him to join us in ushering in the Sabbath.
The Midrash teaches that G-d told the newly created Sabbath, “Israel shall be your mate.” Accordingly, every week, Israel greets the approaching Sabbath like a groom awaiting his bride as she advances to the wedding canopy. Bride, [כַּלָּה] as I have come to know the word is some sometime interpreted as an allusion to the Shechinah, G-d’s Presence, which was withdrawn from man due to Israel’s sins. We ask G-d, [my beloved] to join us in greeting the Shechinah, signifying our prayer for an end to the exile.
Note: If you were to study the word ‘beloved,’ you would find the Hebrew spelling for this word written differently. Also know that they several ways of the word for ‘beloved’ has different references to the word. For example,
[יָדִיד] adjective (poetry) beloved (Late Hebrew id., Aramaic ) — construct יְדִיד Deuteronomy 33:12; suffix לִידִידִי Isaiah 5:1 (twice in verse); Jeremiah 11:15; לִידִידוֺ Psalm 127:2; plural suffix יְדִידֶיךָ Psalm 60:7; Psalm 108:7; feminine יְדִידֹת Psalm 45:1; יְדִידוֺת Psalm 84:2;
1. my beloved, used by prophets of ׳י under figure of husbandman Isaiah 5:1 (twice in verse); so my (thy, his) beloved Jeremiah 11:15; Psalm 60:7 = Psalm 108:7; Psalm 2; beloved, of Benjamin as beloved by ׳י Deuteronomy 33:12.
2. lovely, מַהיְּֿדִידוֺת מִשְׁכְּנוֺתֶיךָ Psalm 84:2 how lovely are thy habitations
3. feminine plural as abstract substantive שִׁיר יְדִידֹת Psalm 45:1 = a song of love.