Last night I had the pleasure of attending a concert of a Jewish musician by the name of Neshama Carlebach. Her father, Shlomo Carlebach, was responsible for writing a very large amount of the melodies we hear in in Jewish synagogues across the world still today. His daughter, an accomplished musician in her own rite, still spreads her father’s words and music as well as her own music through performances all over the world.
I am thinking of Shlomo Carlebach today and how ahead of his time he really was. I read his bio on Wikipedia and learned the following facts: He was born in Berlin in 1925, and his roots were Orthodox. He became a Rabbi and was known as “The Singing Rabbi.” He recorded 25 albums in the 40 years of his career and is thought of dearly as the foremost religious Jewish songwriter of the 20th century.
What impresses me the most about him was his ability to inspire and engage people of all ages to come together and to embrace the Jewish religion. His music, still to this day, uplifts, and as a songleader, his messages and melodies fill my soul.
I chose his song “Ki Va Moed” as my song today, as the lyrics translate to “This is the Time.” Shlomo Carlebach died in 1994, and that song was written many years prior to his passing. I love the fact that with a simple melody, his lyrics were meant to reach out and encourage. Again, he was ahead of his time.
I orginally learned this song when it was performed by contemporary Jewish musician Rick Recht who also uses this simple meodly and lyric to bring people of all ages together and to inspire them. It is amazing how many people this one incredible man has touched, so I felt it was worthy of passing on to all of you today.
As I leave you all on this Sunday before Chanukah and Christmas, may these words of the great Reb Shlomo Carlebach ring true. “This is the time….,” and as I would like to end the sentence, “This is the time to come together as one and inspire each other.” Enjoy your day, y’all! May it be filled with peace and inspiration.