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a little story about Yedid Nefesh -

At the hadlaka for Lag B'Omer everyone was dancing. After a bit a man whose face just shown - his countenance glowed appeared in their midst. No one knew who he was but he was b'simcha as he took the hand of the shul's gabbai and pulled him in to dance. As they swung around and around this same man reached out and took the hand of the holy Ari z"l; together the three of them danced and danced. The people were stunned - why were they dancing with the gabbai? the gabbai.The following morning they approached the holy Ari z"l. Did he not realize, they began respectfully, that dancing with the gabbai was beneath him? and further who was that man who instigated it. The Ari z"l responded: if R' Shimon Bar Yochai danced with the gabbai himself, then surely the Ari z"l could also dance with him.The people were stunned; that's who it had been? it actually was R' Shimon Bar Yochai? why his faced had just shone, almost otherworldly - the kedusha was supreme. Then the Ari z"l gently told them that they just didn't realize who was a tzaddik nistar and they should treat the gabbai with utmost respect. For he was.It was after this hadlaka that R' Azkiri composed the beautiful zemer 'Yedid Nefesh'.According to the following , that gabbai was indeed R' Azkiri.This was told over by Yosef Karduner - and the many mistakes which must exist in my retelling are 100% my fault - as I didn't take notes when he spoke.Yedid NefeshBeloved of the soul, Compassionate Father, ידיד נפש אב הרחמןdraw Your servant to Your Will; משוך עבדך אל רצונךthen Your servant will hurry like a hart ירוץ עבדך כמו אילto bow before Your majesty; ישתחוה אל מול הדרךto him Your friendship will be sweeter יערב לו ידידותיךthan the dripping of the honeycomb and any taste. מנפת צוף וכל טעםVerse 2Majestic, Beautiful, Radiance of the universe, הדור נאה זיו העולםmy soul pines for your love. נפשי חולת אהבתךPlease, O G-d, heal her now אנא קל נא רפא נא להby showing her the pleasantness of Your radiance; בהראות לה נעם זיוךthen she will be strengthened and healed, אז תתחזק ותתרפאand eternal gladness will be hers. והיתה לה שמחת עולםVerse 3Enduring One, may Your mercy be aroused ותיק יהמו נא רחמיךand please take pity on the son of Your beloved, וחוסה נא על בן אהובךbecause it is so very long that I have yearned intensely כי זה כמה נכסף נכספתיto see speedily to splendour of Your strength; לראת מהרה בתפארת עזךonly these my heart desired, אלה חמדה לביso please take pity and do not conceal Yourself וחוסה נא ואל תתעלםVerse 4Please, my Beloved, reveal Yourself and spread upon me הגלה נא ופרש חביבי עליthe shelter of Your peace; את סכת שלומךilluminate the Earth with Your glory, תאיר ארץ מכבודךthat we may rejoice and be glad with You; נגילה ונשמחה בךhasten, show love, for the time has come, מהר אהוב כי בא מועדand show us grace as in days of old. וחננו כימי עולם
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