I had no idea that half the tunes I have heard in synagogue were written by Reb Shlomo Carlebach.
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Yonatan's remark reveals an unfortunate and parochial perspective. The
fact is that when Soul Doctor played in New Orleans prior to its opening
on Broadway it was a huge hit with the audience which was overwhelmingly
non-Jewish. That was the magic of Shlomo Carlebach. His music has a
universal appeal. When Neshama Carlebach appears with a gospel choir
from New York she sends the same message. Soul Doctor is clearly no
more just for Jews than is "Fiddler on the Roof."
Even while Shlomo was still with us, his music spilled over to the Black
Churches. How could it be any other way, when he picked up the
"idea' of the singing style from them, that is taking it out of the
synagogue, and goin' to the streets. Then again, you will understand
how the Nach Nachs take one step farther, and can be found on any given
street corner in the major cities of the Israel, and doin' 'xactly what
Shlomo did while he was active.
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