Every Shabbos is "m'ein Olam Habbah" - a taste of the World to Come. Kabbalas Shabbos, Friday night, are transitional prayers helping us move from the weekdays into Shabbos.
[The following transcription is copyrighted material belonging to Reb Shlomo's family. It is presented here in the context of our parsha learning. Transcibed from L'kovod
Shabbos by Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l. The Hebrew words are transcribed phonetically, conveying Reb Shlomo's pronunciation.]
WHY WE BOW IN "BO'EE B'SHOLOM"
Okay my beautiful friends brothers and sisters
you know when it comes to Bo'ee V'Sholom
we are turning over our hearts our souls
we're turning back and I hope
most of you all of you have been in a beautiful synagogoue
where people daaven with all their hearts
by Bo'ee V'sholom
such a special moment
everyone turns around and looks back
and here I want to share with you two Toirehs (teachings)
one is from Reb Tzoddock HaKoihein
you know friends, do you know the difference
between going for a walk and moving out?
it's very simple
imagine I go for a walk and someone says to me
"Hey you forgot your furniture in your house."
I say "I'm not moving out I'm just going for a walk."
but if I move out and someone says to me
"Hey you forgot something." I'm going back
the beginning of the service
you know G-d makes it so easy on us
G-d wants so much but He makes it so easy
at the beginning it says "L'chu neranena"
"Hey Moisheleh Channaleh Rivkeleh
how about going for a walk into Shabbos?"
so until this moment we're just walking around in Shabbos
but after L'cho Doidi I don't ever want to go back
I don't ever want to sink again
in lies and materialism, competition and pettiness
I say "Master of the World, I'm moving into Shabbos
"Oh? You're moving? You better look back maybe you forgot something?"
so I'm turning around
and here is Reb Tzaddok HaKohen's Toireh
I'm turning around and I realize
"Oy! There's so many things I didn't fix yet!"
my past is so heavy
how can I take it into Shabbos?
But here Reb Tzuddik Hakoihen says
and it's so special because at this Toireh he says
"I received it from all the great Kabbalists of the world -
this is what they say"
"how long does it take to fix your past?
how long does it take to fix anything?"
"Yes, if I fix it, it might take a hundred lifetimes
I'm not permitted to do anything
on Shabbos I'm just giving it over to G-d
so Reb Tzuddik Hakoihen says
I'm turning around and I bow down
and I say "Master of the World, I can't fix my past
can You please fix my past?"
and I'm bowing down to say to G-d
"Master of the World I can't fix it
only You can fix it!"
then on my right I turn again and I say
"Master of the World what's so good about my present?
Do I really know how to take care of my present?"
you know my beautiful friends sometimes people ask for something
and we answer the most stupid answer in the world
because we don't even know what they were asking us
we make so many mistakes
you know how much we need G-d to help us every split second
every time we open our mouths we have to pray a 1000 times
"Master of the World, let me say the right word."
you know friends we don't even known who a true friend is
we don't know who really loves us the most
if G-d doesn't open our eyes
we'll never see it
so I bow down again I say "Master of the World
can You shine into me THE LIGHT OF Shabbos
so my present should be the way… Paradise like
the way You want it to be
but then my beautiful friends do you know the difference between
G-d soap and the soap you buy at Woolworth's? . . . very simple
can only wash you clean from dirt you have already on
but for the future
if you want to get dirty the soap can't help you
G-d soap, Shabbesdikke soap can even prevent
that you'll ever, ever be dirty again
that you'll ever be low again
so I bow down one more time
and say "Master of the World, surround me with so much light of Shabbos
that even my future will be so holy
. . .
okay one more thing my beautiful friends
most people if you ask them how was your past life
ay they begin to 'krechtz' to complain to say oy it's so bad
hopefully in the future it'll be better
then I'll ask them what about your present life
they'll say 'oy vey' I hope tomorrow will be better
then sometimes I ask them what's about the future
(some say) "the future, what future, when future, there is no future"
I want you to know what a real Jew is
what a real yid is
by Lecho Dodi when I receive Sahbbos
I turn around and look at my past life
and I bow down before the One
before the only One (and I say)
Ah, life is so beautiful
thank you for everything
then I turn around on my right side and look at my present
Ribboinoi shel Oilam how do I deserve such a beautiful present
everything is so good
I want you to know, Reb Nachman says
why are you krechtzing, why are you so sad
because everything is wrong
but everything is only wrong because you're so sad
so on Friday night I want to fix my life
I want to fix the world
so the first thing
I bow down to my past I say Master of the World
thank you so much thank you so much
my life is so beautiful and so deep
and Master of the World
let me taste my present life
let me taste every second the depth the holiness the sweetness
that You're the Master of the World
and then I say Master of the World give me
give me give me a clear prophecy give me a clear vision
to see how beautiful the future is