This coming Mozei Shabbat 16th of Cheshvan is the 23 Yartzeit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach. I do not know of any other person or Rabbi whose contribution to Jewish Life is celebrated by the holding of Concerts, Music at his gravesite and various other Kumzists and festive gatherings by his followers who so resonate with his music, his message of Ahavat Yisrael, Love of Shabbat and of Jerusalem..
Many People say – I am only ‘Jewish’ because of Reb Shlomo. I believe that Reb Shlomo opened the gates for us to uplifting meaningful Jewish Prayer and hence the widespread use of his music when Shuls want to host an inspiring service or the use of guitars in Kumzists around the world.
Reb Shlomo Carlebach ztz”l, would refer to this month as Ram Cheshvan – “Elevated Cheshvan” – (Ram and Mar are spelled the same, but with the letters reversed) as per the B’nei Yissaschar’s teaching. What’s so elevated about Cheshvan? It is still a month without holidays after all. The idea is that with the insight, the inspiration, the teshuva, the spirituality and so much more that we worked on and cultivated during Tishrei, we are now in a strong and elevated place where we can generate the connection and holiness from down here. We can make it a time of happiness and celebration on our own now.
No wonder our Reb Shlomo’s Yartzeit is in this month (on the 16th of Cheshvan). He makes sure to remind us every year of the renewed ability we have to elevate ourselves and connect to HaShem and each other, and cause the blessings to rain down on us .
I have compiled a few of the events going on in Israel during this time
Yakar Tel Aviv Nov. 1, at 9:30 PM with Natan Gesundheit:
Shlomo Shabbat at Kol Rina (Nachlaot) with R’ Moshe Stepanski (Reb Shlomo Gabbai at the Carlebach Shul) and at Beit Harav Kook led by Nachman Solomon
Annual Yartzeit Concert – at Binyamei Hauma – Motzei Shabbat 4 Nov at 9pm with the Theme of the Unity of Jerusalem (nearly sold out)
Motzei Shabbat 4 Nov – Jerusalem Street Jam at the Shuk, Jerusalem from 8.30pm
Motzei Shabbat 4 Nov – Other Programs in Tekoa & Nechusha
Musical Tehillim at his Grave Site – Sunday 5th November from 2pm
Kumizist Sunday 5th November at:
Rechov Meretz , Ramat Sharet (next to Bat Yegan) from 7.30 pm till late
Yakar Jerusalem at 7.30pm – The 23rd Annual Shlomo Carlebach Memorial observance with Yehudah Katz and Friends and the book launch of the “Shlomo Carlebach Anthology”
Evening – 9 November at Gula Petach Tikva – Book Launch of Reb Shlomo’s Biography in Hebrew with Yehuda Katz & Shlomo Katz.
Carlebach Opera – 29 November in Tel Aviv show casing Shlomo’s Music with leading chazans and full Orchestra
And others I have not heard about .
As we say in Shlomo Language – Wishing you a “Good Yartzeit”.