Shlomo Carlbach

Relics Of Reb Shlomo

Shlomo Carlebach’s guitar, other belongings on the auction block.

02/03/2016 - 08:59
Associate Editor

A chasidic elder sat at his Shabbos table, holding a piece of silverware at the height of his eyes, until the table grew silent. The elder’s voice slowly rumbled, in the cadence of a Talmudic chant: “This is the spoon of the Great Maggid!” A shiver rippled through the room, chasidim awed at the idea that the iconic Maggid of Mezeritch — 18th century rebbe and heir to the Baal Shem Tov, founder of chasidism — once held that very same spoon in a European forest on a long forgotten Shabbos afternoon, an afternoon suddenly alive.

Reb Shlomo Carlebach and daughter Neshama, who is auctioning some of his most personal belongings.

An Earthbound ‘Soul Doctor’

Show on the life of Shlomo Carlebach aims for spiritual uplift but doesn’t soar.
08/19/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A 2008 Israeli documentary about Shlomo Carlebach, “You Never Know,” features followers of the late rabbi visiting his grave in Jerusalem, recounting stories of meeting him, and talking about the immense impact that he had on their lives.

Higher ground: Carlebach leading his cast of “holy beggars.” Carol Rosegg

Carlebach’s ‘Burning Desire To Heal’

Musical about the controversial ‘voice of Jewish revival’ hits Broadway after long trip.
08/05/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

They called him the “Singing Rabbi,” the dynamic performer who transformed Jewish life with ecstatic chasidic melodies. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach married Jewish teachings with a universal message of peace and love. Now “Soul Doctor,” a new musical based on the man and his music, is coming to Broadway. Yet swirling around the show, which opens next week at the Circle in the Square, are the allegations of sexual harassment that surfaced after his death in 1994.

Carlebach’s higher ground: Peace, love and Jewish teachings.

The Carlebach Bootlegs

Thousands of hours of audiotapes yield mystical insights from the scholarly side of Reb Shlomo, as well as 300 lost songs.
01/16/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

After Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s passing in 1994, “Carlebach minyans” have blossomed around the world, driven by the fact that anyone can sing (and daven) along with the music famously recorded by him. But if the music lives on, Reb Shlomo’s Torah teachings have suffered a more elusive afterlife. Singing along is one thing, but how can one study along with, or even find, his unrecorded, unpublished teachings that were often casually spoken in situations as ephemeral as they were enchanted?

Carlebach poring over a text. Inset: His just-published Torah commentaries.
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