Welcome to the Carlebach Legacy Trust
Our mission is to preserve, to publish and to distribute the Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach ZT'L as a Jewish National Treasure.
Our vision is to form a suitable entity that will become the preeminent vehicle through which Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's life's work will be protected, produced and published for distribution.
When Something is Missing
I want to share something very deep with you. The most important things in Avodas Hashem, in serving G-d are always the things you don't have to do, you can get by without them. The truth is some of the most important things in life are the things which we don’t really have to do. The most important things between my wife, my children and I are always the things I don’t have to do. If I don’t, it's also okay, but gevalt are they important, gevalt are they important.
I want you to know, when Moshe Rabbeinu says 'Ribbono Shel Olam, I have to go into Eretz Yisrael' Moshe Rabbeinu brought down a new teaching from heaven. Moshe Rabbeinu is showing yidden that it's not only about what you have to do, it's what my neshama mamesh wants… deep deep inside. And deep deep inside, every yid knows I have to go into Eretz Yisrael.
Rashi says that Eikev is talking about Mitzvos Kalos She'adam Dash Be'akeivav. You know what that means? We are talking about mitzvahs you step on, mitzvahs which I don’t have to do. Let me ask you something. I see a poor man and I give him ten dollars, do I have to smile at him? I don’t have to. Let me ask you something else. When I say good Shabbos to a yid, where does it say that I have to say it besimcha? It doesn't say it anywhere.
You know something, the truth is that mide'oraysa, from the Torah you don’t have to wear a yarmulke. That means that a person can say 'I'm very strict on everything the Torah says, and I don’t have to wear a yarmulke. Yes it's a minhag, it's a custom, I'm not into customs. I have enough from what the Torah says'. You know what? Maybe I'll go to heaven, maybe I will sit next to Avraham Avinu without a yarmulke, but gevalt something is missing… something so deep is mamesh missing.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about Reb Shlomo and what the Legacy Trust is doing to digitize, archive and publish his life's work.
The audio we are honored to share with you is from the middle of a concert in the mid 1980's which took place in Atlanta. It is a crucial teaching from Reb Nachman which R' Shlomo would sing out from the deepest depths.
This picture was taken in San Francisco at the House of Love and Prayer on Nov 15, 1968.