was true whenever I went to hear Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
perform. No matter how upset I might have felt walking in,
as soon as Shlomo started singing or teaching I felt deep
It was as the light of his spirit reached out and touched
kindling sparks of hope and love. Over the many years that
continued going to hear Shlomo sing and teach, he always
touched my soul. And I kept wondering how he does it.
Over time I also realized that I was not the only one who
felt that way. Whenever Shlomo started speaking or singing
he created around himself a very powerful field of love,
one that connected to all our hearts. But I still couldn't
figure out how he did it.
And then one day I got it. So the next time I attended his
class, I approached him during the break. "Holy brother,"
he greeted me with a radiant face, just as he would greet
everyone, "you're the greatest." And I shared
with him my
"Shlomo," I said, "I'm beginning to understand."
"What do you understand?" Shlomo asked eagerly.
"I'm beginning to understand how you affect us so deeply."
Shlomo looked at me intently; this had clearly touched him
a special place. "So tell me, what do you understand?"
"It has to do with how you love," I said. "You
come with complete, total and unconditional love, and with
absolutely no judgment. What is more, you see us not as
we are now, but as we can be. You touch our highest selves,
and that is how you elevate us."Shlomo looked at me
for a long moment, taking in what was said. "So since
you understand," he replied softly, "please be
my friend. Here is my card. Call me when you get a chance."
(For those who wish to read more about
Shlomo, a book that I found quite inspirational is titled,
"Holy Brother: Inspiring Stories and Enchanted Tales
about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach," by Yitta Mandelbaum,
Jason Aronson Publishers.)