Lecha dodi likrat kalla, p’nei Shabbat n’kabllah
Come, my beloved, to welcome the bride, let us greet the Shabbat as she arrives.
Lecha Dodi is a liturgical poem written by Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz ( 16th century poet and kabbalist from Safed ) The first letter of each stanza consists of the author’s name. It is a poem of love, commitment, hope, and the light of Shabbat.
"The whole world is waiting to sing the song of Shabbos"
( Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach )
( Zohar ) "You shall call the Shabbat a delight"
What does "call" mean? It means that one should invite her, as one invites a guest to one's home.
"A delight" one should invite her, as a guest, to a home that is ready with a prepared table with food and drink, more than on other weekly day.
( Isaiah 58:13 )
Lecha Dodi combines both Redemption and Shabbat. “If only Am Yisrael would observe just two Shabbatot, then they would immediately be redeemed.
( Talmud Bavli Shabbat 118a )
A Shabbat Test - If you want to know how much you like a person, see if you can sit with the person without doing anything. Shabbos is therefore given to you. Do nothing and show your love for Hashem.
(Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach )