Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Having a Good eye and Shlomo Carlebach zt.l. yohrzeit MAR-Cheshvan 16th. = 25 years and 29 years for Meir Kahane, an Israeli rabbi, and politician, who was assassinated on 5 November 1990 (18 Cheshvan 5751), shortly after 9:00 p.m. at the New York Marriott East Side, a hotel in Manhattan, New York City.

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Shlomo Carlebach zt.l. yohrzeit MAR-Cheshvan 16th. = 25 years.

Shlomo CarlebachRabbi Shlomo Carlebach (left) with Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Born January 14, 1925
Berlin, Germany

DiedOctober 21, 1994 (aged 69)
en route by air to Canada

Resting place Har HaMenuchotJerusalem, Israel
Nationality American, Israeli

Known for Religious teacher, composer, singer, musician

Spouse(s)Elaine Neila Glick-Children2, including Neshama

Parent(s)Hartwig Naftali Carlebach
Paula (Pesse) Cohn

Shlomo Carlebach (Hebrew: שלמה קרליבך), known as Reb Shlomo to his followers, was a singer, rabbi, and spiritual leader.

Known as "Rabbi Shlomo" to his followers, Carlebach (14 January 1925 – 20 October 1994), was a Jewish rabbi, religious teacher, composer, and singer who was known as "The Singing Rabbi" during his lifetime.

Although his roots lay in traditional Orthodox yeshivot, he branched out to create his own style combining Hasidic Judaism, warmth and personal interaction, public concerts, and song-filled synagogue services. At various times he lived in ManhattanSan FranciscoToronto and a Moshav he founded, Mevo Modi'im, Israel. Carlebach is the subject of Soul Doctor, a musical that debuted on Broadway in 2013.

Carlebach is considered by many to be the foremost Jewish religious songwriter of the 20th century.[1][2] In a career that spanned 40 years, he composed thousands of melodies and recorded more than 25 albums that continue to have widespread popularity and appeal. His influence also continues to this day in "Carlebach minyanim" and Jewish religious gatherings in many cities and remote pristine areas around the globe.

Carlebach was also considered a pioneer of the Baal teshuva movement ("returnees to Judaism"), encouraging disenchanted Jewish youth to re-embrace their heritage, using his special style of enlightened teaching, and his melodies, songs, and highly inspiring story telling.


Shlomo Carlebach was descended from old rabbinical dynasties in pre-Holocaust Germany. The Carlebach family is a notable Jewish family originally from Germany that now lives all over the world. He was born in 1925 in Berlin, where his father, Rabbi Hartwig Naftali Carlebach (1889–1967), was an Orthodox rabbi.[3] He had a twin brother, Rabbi Eli Chaim Carlebach and a sister, Shulamith Levovitz.[4] His family left Germany in 1931 and lived in Baden bei Wien, Austria and by 1933 in Switzerland.

Carlebach emigrated to Lithuania in 1938 where he studied at a yeshiva. In 1938 his father became the rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jacob, a small synagogue on West 79th Street in New York City's Upper West Side.[3] Carlebach came to New York in 1939 via Great Britain. He and his twin brother Rabbi Eli Chaim Carlebach took over the rabbinate of the synagogue after their father's death in 1967.[3][5]

Carlebach studied at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York, and Beth Medrash Gevoha in Lakewood, New Jersey.[6] His aptitude for Torah study was recognized by great Torah scholars and teachers, among them Rabbi Shlomo Heiman, and the Rosh Yeshiva of Bais Medrash Gevoha, Rabbi Aharon Kotler. He was considered one of the top students of Rabbi Kotler.[7] Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner, who gave Carlebach Semikha, considered it a loss to the Torah world that he chose a career in musical Jewish outreach over one as a scholar and teacher.[citation needed] During his yeshiva studies he was often asked to lead the services as a hazzan.

In 1950, Carlebach set up a small Torah learning group which he called T.S.G.G. (pronounced TASGIG), an acronym for "Taste And See God Is Good".[8]

That year, Carlebach attended a Hebrew language ulpan at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), where he used to play hasiddic melodies on the piano. One of those impressed with his playing was Sara Schafler-Kelman, who invited Carlebach to sing chasidic tunes at the Hillel Center on Convent Avenue, an offer which he reluctantly accepted. Schafler prepared a poster for the event, entitled "The Place of Music in the Hassidic Tradition". This was Carlebach's first invited performance. Years later, Carlebach said to Schafler-Kelman, "You gave me a title for my life's work."[8]

In 1951, Carlebach began learning English in a special program at Columbia University, having previously conversed mainly in Yiddish. Becoming fluent in English only at the age of 26, he developed an unusual grammar, mixing Yiddish and English, that became his hallmark, and later influenced the language of his followers, as well as many other members of the neo-hassidic movement.[8]

Carlebach became a disciple of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, the sixth Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.[9] From 1951-1954, he worked briefly as one of the first emissaries (shluchim) of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe who urged him to use his special skills and go to college campuses to reconnect Jews to Judaism, but would later disapprove of the non traditional tactics he used to do so.[7] Carlebach left the movement in 1954.

In 1972, he married Elaine Neila Glick, a teacher. They had two daughters, Nedara (Dari) and Neshama. Neshama Carlebach is a songwriter and singer in her own right, basing herself on her father's style and name.

Music career[edit]

Carlebach began writing songs at the end of the 1950s, primarily based on verses from the Tanakh or the Siddur set to his own music. Although he composed thousands of songs, he could not read musical notes. Many of his soulful renderings of Torah verses became standards in the wider Jewish community, including Am Yisrael Chai ("[The] Nation [of] Israel Lives"—composed on behalf of the plight of Soviet Jewry in the mid-1960s), Pitchu Li ("Open [for] Me [the Gates of Righteousness]") and Borchi Nafshi ("[May] My Soul Bless [God]").

The New York Times reported in its obituary of Carlebach that his singing career began in Greenwich Village, where he met Bob DylanPete Seeger and other folk singers who encouraged his career, and helped him get a spot at the Berkeley Folk Festival in 1966.[3] But Carlebach was actually recording well before this and was invited to the festival by one of its organizers after she heard a recording of Carlebach.[10]

After his appearance at the Berkeley Folk Festival he decided to remain in the San Francisco Bay Area to reach out to what he called "lost Jewish souls"—runaways and drug-addicted youth. His local followers opened a center called the House of Love and Prayer in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco, to reach out to disaffected youth with song and dance and communal gatherings. He became known as "The Singing Rabbi". Through his infectious music and his innate caring many Jews feel that he inspired and reconnected thousands of Jewish youngsters and adults, otherwise lost to Judaism.

Some Carlebach melodies were entered in Israel's annual Hasidic Song Festival.[11] In 1969, his song Ve'haer Eneinu, sung by the Shlosharim won third prize.[12] The Hasidic festivals were a yearly event that helped to popularize his music. He also produced albums with a more liturgical sound. Some of the musicians he worked with during this period added a psychedelic tinge and a wider range of backup instrumentation. Carlebach now spent much of his time in Israel, living in Moshav Me'or Modi'im.

Carlebach's songs were characterized by relatively short melodies and traditional lyrics. His catchy new tunes were easy to learn and became part of the prayer services in many synagogues around the world.[11]

Returning to New York City, Carlebach also became known for his stories and Hasidic teachings. As part of his performances he spoke of inspirational subjects, rooted in Hasidism and Kabbalah. Some of his teachings have been published by his students and appear alongside his recorded songs. Carlebach spread the teachings of ChabadBreslov, and popularized the writings of, among others, the Rebbe of IshbitzMordechai Yosef Leiner, and Rebbe Kalonymus Kalman Shapira of Piasetzno.

Carlebach became the Rabbi of the Carlebach Shul on West 79th Street. He continued to perform regularly at concerts, and to record various albums of his original melodies.

Death[edit]Carlebach's grave.

Carlebach died of a heart attack on a flight to Canada.[13] The Hebrew date was 16 Cheshvan 5755. His body was flown to Israel for burial at Har HaMenuchot. During the funeral the mourners sang Carlebach's songs, including Chasdei Hashem Ki Lo Samnu. Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau gave a eulogy. An annual memorial service is held on the 16th of Cheshvan at Carlebach's grave site. Additional memorial events take place throughout Israel and around the world.

Legacy and influence[edit]

According to Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, Carlebach "changed the expectations of the prayer experience from decorous and sombre to uplifting and ecstatic as he captivated generations with elemental melodies and stories of miraculous human saintliness, modesty and unselfishness."[14]

During his lifetime, Carlebach was often relegated to pariah status, marginalized by many of his peers. Because in his yeshiva years he had excelled in Talmud studies, many had hoped that he would later become a Rosh Yeshiva or a similar figure; many harbored ill will toward his chosen path in music and outreach. In addition, his activities in public were often not considered proper according to traditional orthodox teachings. This included encouraging and listening to women singing (not relatives) and touching women affectionately (violating Orthodox standards of shomer negiah).

In the years since his death, Carlebach's music has been embraced by many faiths as spiritual music. His music can be heard today in synagogues, Carlebach minyanim, churches, gospel choirs and temples worldwide. Many musical groups state that they draw inspiration from Carlebach and his music including MatisyahuChaim-Dovid SaracikSam GlaserMoshav BandBenyamin SteinbergReva l'shevaNaftali AbramsonGili HouptYehuda GreenAharon Razel and others. Various community leaders and rabbis were also influenced by him.

A musical written about his life, Soul Doctor, by Daniel Wise was presented as a limited engagement off-Broadway in 2008 and in New Orleans in 2010, and was received with critical acclaim.[15] The musical had a brief off-Broadway run as a guest attraction at New York Theatre Workshop in the Summer of 2012,[16] and earned Eric Anderson a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical nomination for his portrayal of Shlomo Carlebach. Soul Doctor opened on Broadway August 15, 2013.

A documentary film about Carlebach directed by Boaz ShahakYou Never Know, was released at the Jerusalem Film Festival, also in 2008.

In 2014 the story about Shlomo's last day on earth came out. [17] [18]

"The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach" is a series of books based on his teachings. [19]

The Shlomo Carlebach Foundation was established to preserve and disseminate the teachings, music, and stories of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, zt"l, and to develop communities that will share the love and joy which he radiated. [20]

Rivka's AYIN TOVAby Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher

Both Yaakov Avinu and Moshe Rabeinu found their spouses at a BE'ER (a well). Eliezer, Avraham's servant, also met Rivka, Yitzchak's future wife, at a well.

At that event, the Torah first calls the well a BE'ER (Bereshis 24:11). However, in Bereshis 24:42 the Torah calls the well where Eliezer met Rivka AYIN. Why the switch?

 The Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim informs us that the word AYIN has several different meanings. Sometimes, AYIN means a well, like in our verse about Eliezer and Rivka. In other places, AYIN means an eye as in "Leah's eyes were soft" (Bereshis 29:17). The word AYIN also means caring and paying attention. As the Torah states, "G‑d's Eyes are directed to it (Eretz Yisrael) constantly from the beginning of the year until the end of the year" (Devarim 11:12). The Rambam tells us that the word AYIN can also mean to focus, as the verse states, "Everyone's eyes focused their hopes on You" (Tehillim 145:15). The Talmud in Tanit 24 states that once a person has determined that a bride's eyes are appealing, it is unnecessary to investigate anything else about her.

What a strange Talmudic statement! The Kli Yakar states that this Talmudic passage cannot be understood literally. For one thing, it is not always true. People can have nice looking eyes and yet not be good looking. Furthermore, is the Talmud really telling us that physically good looking eyes are an indicator of a good moral character?? Therefore, the Kli Yakar explains this perplexing Talmudic passage according to the lesson taught to us by Eliezer. Eliezer needed to find a proper and righteous wife for Yitzchak, someone who possessed the noble character traits fitting to become the Mother of the Jewish People. So he devised an Eye Test. He rested his camels at the AYIN (well). If the young, prospective bride for Yitzchak would display great CHESED and generosity, it would show that she possessed an AYIN TOVA (a good eye). This means a wise, loving, and generous spirit.

Rivka displayed wisdom and incredible grace while selflessly giving of herself for Eliezer and his camels. Once Eliezer saw that Rivka possessed such an AYIN TOVA at the AYIN (well), he had no need for further investigation into her gracious and wonderful character traits. Thus, the Mishna in Avot 2 states that AYIN TOVA is one of the best paths in life. Eliezer found that Rivka passed his AYIN test with flying colors! Therefore, he gave Rivka gifts that represented her destiny, to become the Mother of the Nation of Israel, who would receive the Torah. As the verse in Mishlei 22 states, "One who possesses a good AYIN (eye) will be blessed.

29th Yarseit for Meir Kahane, an Israeli rabbi and politician, was assassinated on 5 November 1990 (18 Cheshvan 5751), shortly after 9:00 p.m. at the New York Marriott East Side, a hotel in Manhattan, New York City.

Born in Brooklyn in 1932, Rabbi Meir David Kahane was ordained at the Mir Yeshiva in New York, becoming rabbi for a congregation in Queens in 1958.

After working as a consultant for the FBI in the 1960s, Rabbi Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, with the goal of providing security for American Jewish communities, and agitating on behalf of Jewish causes abroad – most notably the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union who wished to emigrate.

Rabbi Kahane quickly became a controversial figure within the Jewish community for the JDL's harassment of Soviet diplomats.

In 1971, Rabbi Kahane and his family immigrated to Israel where he established the Kach movement, running for Knesset in 1973.

Running on a platform supporting the expulsion of Israel's Arab population and the annexation of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza to the State of Israel, Rabbi Kahane became a highly polarizing figure in Israel.

Kahane served in the Knesset as the Kach party's sole MK from 1984 to 1988, before the faction was banned from running for the 12th Knesset, after polls predicted the party would win as many as 12 seats.

In 1990, Rabbi Kahane was gunned down by Sayyid Nosair, an Egyptian terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda.

Rabbi Kahane's son, Rabbi Binyamin Zeev Kahane, was murdered along with his wife in a terror attack in Samaria on New Year's Eve 2000.


Commemorating the 29th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir David Kahane ZT"L HY"D at Yeshivat HaRa'ayon HaYehudi in Jerusalem 11 Shmarya St., Jerusalem

Saturday night, eve of Marcheshvan 19/November 16
All of the following classes will be in English.

  • 7:45 pm Film about Rabbi Kahane
  • 8:00 pm Levi Chazen, Head of English dept. of the Yeshiva - Update
  • 8:15 pm Menachem Gottlieb: Rabbi Kahane's position on the Druze. Setting the record straight (with source sheets)
  • 9:00 pm Baruch Ben Yosef: Who is the person that all of Am Israel needs the most?
  • 9:45 pm Lenny Goldberg: Questions and answers with Rabbi Kahane - a film presentation.

Refreshments will be served.
Please note:  Hebrew events two days before, on Thursday 17 Marcheshvan/November 14:

  • Aliya to the kever - Har HaMenuchot, at 17:00
  • Memorial program at 18:30, Heichal David, Ohaliav 14, Jerusalem

More details to come if/when available.

For more information: Levi 050-6556813

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