Neshama Carlebach wrestles with the legacy of her father Shlomo Carlebach, sexual abuse and ‘cancel culture’
After heartfelt discussions, the rabbi of New York City’s Central Synagogue has decided to take a one year break from singing Carlebach’s music.
“We hope this communicates to those who have been victimized by Carlebach that we hear you and we are not indifferent,” Rabbi Angela Buchdahl said.
There are two ways the Jewish community can still enjoy Shlomo Carlebach while acknowledging his indiscretions and bettering our community.
It’s like pledging never to buy German products; as a Jew, why shouldn’t I enjoy my German-made dishwasher?
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I can’t walk into any synagogue in the world without hearing songs written by the man who sexually assaulted my mother.
If a collective trauma occurs in a community associated with a pioneering reformer, should that community still sing his music?
“I like to imagine that all of these texts are in conversation with each other — that everyone is having these kind of musical dreams.”
We are standing at a great crossroad and the epicenter of the change is Jerusalem. My father’s Pitchu Li is on repeat in my ears and in my heart. The message is clear: it is time to open the Gates of Justice, starting with “Hashem’s House,” our Kotel.