This popular Jewish wedding song just got a whole lot better!

by Leah Rosenberg

This song is often used at Jewish weddings. The lyrics are meaningful, and different musicians compose tunes to the beautiful words.

Jewish Weddings

Jewish weddings are absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Each part has a meaning to it and is infused with blessing and prayer to ensure that the couple live a life of happiness. Throughout the wedding, there is a custom to have different songs and music played. And soon after the official ceremony, the dancing begins. There is a special Mitzvah (commandment) to make the bride and groom happy on their wedding day. The guests dance in front of the bride and groom and also do various types of “shtick” to make them, as well as everyone else, happy. Shtick might entail different acts and small performances that are entertaining or humorous.

Music in Judaism

The reason music is so present at Jewish weddings is because, as a matter of fact, music plays a vital role in Judaism. King David was a musician and used music to connect with God. He even wrote an entire book of Pslams which portrays his musical side. Furthermore, Jewish prayers are filled with opportunities to sing out to God. Music certainly has the power to transcend this world. Judaism and its great leaders were and are well aware of the power of music.

Meaning of this popular Wedding Song

Here are the words and the meaning to this popular wedding song. Actually, the words are from the Friday night prayer of “l’cha dodi.” God and the Jewish people are often compared to a bride and groom, which is especially noteworthy. What a beautiful relationship the Jewish nation has with God! And Sabbath expresses that idea, including in the prayer of “l’cha dodi.” It make sense that at Jewish weddings people choose to use this song!

Lyrics and meaning:

Transliteration: Boi be’shalom ateret baalah
Gam be’simcha u’vetzaholah
Toch emunei am segula
Boi Kala

Translation: Come in peace, crown of your husband,
with rejoicing​ and with cheerfuln​ess,
in the midst of the faithful of the chosen people:
come, O bride; come, O bride (the Sabbath Queen).

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