Foreword by Neshama Carlebach
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994) is considered the most influential composer of Jewish religious music of the 20th century and a progenitor of the modern neo-Hasidic renaissance. To date, there has been no systematic study of his life and very little scholarly analysis of his teachings, innovations, and music.
This book examines Shlomo's life and career via the prism of the historical and cultural developments of his time, including the Holocaust, the Six-Day War, the hippie phenomenon, the New Age movement, and other events that were channeling the course of Jewish life. It also attempts to understand the roots of the Carlebach phenomenon and its wide-range appeal.
Above all, this book provides a new framework to evaluate and appreciate the unique form of heartfelt Judaism, joyful optimism, and soulful rejuvenation that Reb Shlomo inspired.
About the series Modern Jewish Lives:
Many in our generation are unfamiliar with some of the great Jewish personalities of recent history. The intention of the Modern Jewish Lives series is to tell their stories. These works - penetrating biographies with a religious heart - provide readers with an understanding of and appreciation for the lives of real people whom we can admire and from whom we can draw inspiration.
Vol. 1: Rabbi Shlomo Goren: Torah Sage and General, by Dr. Shalom Freedman
Vol. 2: Rabbi Haim David Halevy: Gentle Scholar and Courageous Thinker, by Rabbi Marc D. Angel with Rabbi Hayyim Angel
Vol. 3: Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar, by Yael Unterman
Vol. 4: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission, and Legacy, by Dr. Natan Ophir (Offenbacher)