The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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Yedid Nefesh (waltz time)

This tune for Yedid Nefesh is one that that almost everyone knows. Emilia Cataldo interwove two voices in harmony created this version, done in a fast 3/4 time (think fast waltz). I don't know the origins of this tune – please write in if you know.

Emilia uses the commonly printed version of the second stanza, which ends with: והיתה לה שמחת עולם "v'haytah lah simchat olam" – "Majestic soul is lovesick for You...Heal her, and that will be her eternal joy." But the original version reads והיתה לך שפחת עולם "v'haytah lakh shifchat olam" – "Majestic soul is lovesick for You...Heal her, and then she will become Your eternal maidservant." Learn some great things about liturgy through understanding how the original structure of Yedid Nefesh works. You can also download a pdf with linear translation and transliteration from the same page.

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