The Gate Opener
So what was unique about Reb Shlomo Carlebach?
Reb Shlomo was a Gate Opener.
Gates – Shlomo opened many gates, and even now his music, Torahs, teachings and stories are still opening many gates. Some obvious examples: bringing in Shabbat with joy, Love of Israel and Jerusalem, love of the Jewish people – the list goes on. Another is the use of guitars in Jewish services and events which are used across the spectrum of Jewish observance to inspire Jews worldwide.
Music – Shlomo’s music is so much part of mainstream Jewish music that is impossible to identify it. In fact, when enquiries we made about collecting royalties, his melodies were identified as National Music, as a National Treasure. From Am Yisrael Chai, to Holocaust Memorials, from Weddings to Kumsitz – communal singing.
Jewish Education & inspiration – Shlomo opened e new spiritual path that combines Judaism with its spiritual and creative side. As a result, we have 2 generations of teachers with younger generation leading whether it is Environmentalists, Artists, musicians combining their talents with Torah & Jewish mysticism. Other Examples of Yeshiva Simchat Shlomo in Jerusalem, The House of love and Prayer in Safed, or the numerous Carlebach Friday night services which are havens for those seeking a closer connection to Judaism.
Jewish caring - social awareness - enhancing the rights of woman. There is so much to write about here. -Shlomo opened so many gates here. There is so much so say here, that a new book is in planning written by women showing the contribution by Shlomo.