Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

Lekha Dodi: The Most Famous Jewish Love Poem

Teaching in English from the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan in New York,  NY, USA | Presented by Mechon Hadar

Lekha Dodi (Come, My Bride) is a love poem recited on Friday night as part of the prayer service welcoming Shabbat. But who are the actors in the love story? How might we understand these metaphors in a deeper way? How does the fact that the poem was written by a Kabbalist impact its interpretation? Join us as we explore this classic poem from new perspectives.

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kaunfer2015Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010). You can continue to learn about the prayerbook with Elie through Project Zug, Hadar’s online learning tool that pairs Israeli and Diaspora Jews to learn courses together in Bible, Talmud, Jewish philosophy, Art and more.