As every Lubavitcher Chassid who was once a chassan recalls, his own wedding celebrations began with an inspired and solemn moment — the recital of the classic maamar that begins with the phrase, Lechah Dodi. This is the very same discourse that was first delivered by the Rebbe Rayatz in the Tomchei Temimim Yeshivah in Warsaw, at the marriage of his second daughter to the Rebbe on the 14th of Kislev, 5689 [1928].

We present this maamar to you, translated to English by Rabbi Eli Touger, in addition to a maamar by the Rebbe on the same verse, recited in the year 5714 [1954]. This edition has also been supplemented by a translation of the wedding customs listed in Sefer HaMinhagim - The Book of Chabad-Lubavitch Customs.

For an alternative version of the Rebbe's maamar from 5714, translated by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, see The WeddingMaamar.