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Shlomo Carlebach

"Shlomo Carlebach" (שלמה קרליבך) (known as "Reb Shlomo" to his followers) (1925 - October 22, 1994), was a Jewish religious singer, composer, and self-styled "rebbe" who was known as "the singing rabbi" in his lifetime. Although his roots lay in traditional Orthodox yeshivot, he branched out to create his own movement combining Hasidic-style warmth and personal interaction, public concerts, and song-filled synagogue services. At various times he lived in Manhattan, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Moshav Mevo Me'or Modi'im, Israel.

Carlebach is considered by many to be the foremost Jewish religious songwriter in the second half of the 20th century. In a career that spanned over 30 years, he recorded more than 25 music albums that still have wide popularity and appeal. His influence also continues to this day in so-called "Carlebach minyanim" located in many cities around the globe, including those in Israel.

Carlebach was also considered a pioneer of the ''Baal teshuva'' ("returnees to Judaism") movement, encouraging Jewish youth who had become hippies to re-embrace their Jewish heritage. However, some of his outreach tactics were viewed as too liberal by Or...

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