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Do not be confused by your daunting task.

Stanza 7

Stanza 7

Do not be confused by your daunting task.

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Stanza 7
Do not be confused by your daunting task.

Be not ashamed, nor confounded,

Why are you downcast, why astounded?

In you, refuge for My poor people will be found,

The city will be rebuilt on its former mound.


Be not ashamed, nor confounded: This is as in the verse Isaiah 54:4. The author addresses malchut, synonymous with the Jewish people, telling it not to be ashamed of, or confused by, the darkness and gloom of kelipat noga into which it has descended in order to elevate the embedded sparks of holiness.

Why are you downcast…? Malchut is reduced to a state of spiritual immaturity (katnut) in order to enliven the lowly levels of Beriya, Yetzira, and Asiya.

In you, refuge… will be found: This is because your source is preeminent in G‑d's Will (the level of keter), as explained above.

To read the entire original rhyming translation of Lecha Dodi (without commentary) click here.

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Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz born c.5260-5340 (c.1500-1580), famed as the author of the mystical hymn Lecha Dodi ("Come My Beloved") in honor of Shabbat, was the brother-in-law and Kabbala teacher of Rabbi Moshe Cordevero (the “Ramak”), leader of the Safed Kabbalists before the holy Ari.
Rabbi Moshe Miller was born in South Africa and received his yeshivah education in Israel and America. He is a prolific author and translator, with some twenty books to his name on a wide variety of topics, including an authoritative, annotated translation of the Zohar. He has developed a coaching-type approach to dealing with life's issues based on Chassidism and Kabbalah—a tool for dealing with normal issues that everyone faces as well as issues psychologists usually address, often ineffectively. He also gives free live classes over the Internet.
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