If Only Modern Israeli Leaders Were Like Rabbi Carlebach’s Hippies

Bizarre and unrealistic as his beliefs may have been, Carlebach could see the potential for love and peace in the greatest darkness. That’s what made him a visionary from whom we can learn.

My great aunt was a difficult woman. She loved nothing more than to bait my father, regaling him with graphic descriptions of frying the bacon for her son's breakfast. Then puffing on her cigarette, she would dismiss our entire heritage with one sentence: "Religion is the source of all conflicts." She was not alone in her views; sadly, her aggressive image of religious Jews is becoming increasingly...