edited by Rabbi Shlomo Katz
Published by Urim Publications and The Shlomo Carlebach Legacy Trust
Hardcover, 263 pages
The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach provides a glimpse into the unusual way in which the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach received and transmitted Torah. It also aids the reader in bridging “Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach the great composer/singer” and “Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach the great scholar/teacher.” Those who sing his songs, but do not learn his Torah, only sing half a song. When Reb Shlomo speaks of Abraham and Sara, you are sure he is speaking about his own grandparents. When delving into the lives of Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah, it is as if he is speaking of his own parents.
The teachings in this book of commentary are not just meant to be read – they are intended to be enjoyed and experienced as “holy music.” Ultimately, they are intended as a lesson in living a “holy life.” Wherever Reb Shlomo traveled in the world, he brought several suitcases of holy books with him. This book makes Reb Shlomo’s teachings accessible to help us carry on our journey through life.
About the author:
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (Reb Shlomo) was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. He
grew up with his twin brother, Eli Chaim and his sister, Shulamith, near
Vienna where his father, Rabbi Naftali, was Chief Rabbi. In 1939, as
the war began to escalate and the Nazis’ grip tightened, Shlomo and
his family miraculously escaped to New York where he spent time
learning by some of the greatest Torah scholars of the last century, such
as Rabbi Ahron Kotler, Rabbi Shlomo Heiman and the Lubavitcher
Rebbe. Even as a young boy, Shlomo’s vision and clarity of thought
set him apart from his peers as being amongst the most brilliant
of the scholars. Through that vision, courage, and a deep
love of all people, Shlomo took on a mission and set off on a path that
many didn’t believe in.
Reb Shlomo believed that to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to every
human being was truly his reason for existing. Through his words of
Torah, his music and his stories, Reb Shlomo touched the hearts and
souls of all who were blessed to hear him. He sought to remind people
that they are never alone, that there is one God who loves them, and
that every person has a unique and important mission to discover for
themselves. He was able to mend the spirits and lives of the most broken,
distraught people worldwide – people of all faiths and cultures.
Much of Reb Shlomo’s life was spent traveling the world, where he
would sing with the poor, the lost and the lonely, and always swear he
learned from them.
Even since his passing in 1994, many lives have been influenced and touched by Reb Shlomo’s teachings, messages and melodies.
About the editor:
Rabbi Shlomo Katz is a world renowned musician. He has released
six albums, and has conducted numerous concert tours throughout the
United States, Israel, South America, Australia, Asia and Europe. In the
summer of 2006, Shlomo received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi
Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at Yeshivat Hamivtar.
Shlomo has been an integral part of building the Shlomo Carlebach
Legacy Trust, which has been working to preserve, to publish, and to
distribute the legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach ztz”l as a Jewish national
Along with his teaching at Yeshivat Torat Shraga and Yeshivat Simchat
Shlomo, Shlomo continues to tour, teach and perform throughout the
world. Shlomo lives in Neve Daniel, with his wife Bina, and daughters
Tiferet and Ora Menucha. www.shlomokatz.com