Rabbi Shlomo of Kartin said: “If you want to raise a man from mud and filth, do not think it is enough to keep standing on top and reaching down to him a helping hand. You must go all the way down yourself, down into mud and filth. Then take hold of him with strong hands, and pull him and yourself out into the light.”
Here’s another one, “When you tell stories about holy people, and you tell other people there are holy people in the world, it fills you with joy.”
Elie Wiesel, the Nobel literature laureate also has a word on this week’s author. “He would suffer with those who suffered. A lover of loving, he would never offend the person to whom he was speaking. Where others might use argumentation and recrimination, he preferred praise. I never once heard him speak ill of another, even of those who cared a little less for him.”
These words reflect upon one of the most charismatic personalities of previous century in Judaism. A rabbi, whose unique manner and method help save Judaism from the decay of a decadent civilization that surrounded us. Now, once more, the treasure that is Reb Shlomo’s legacy is to be found in a new work, “The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach” by Urim Publications. The first volume of the upcoming series has Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s commentary on the first six parshiot of Sefer Bereishis contain perhaps among the most human and humane oriented takes upon the sacred divine text, thus truly enhancing its meaning and teachings. In his foreword to this work, Rabbi Shmuel Intrator notes the influences of the following rabbinic figures behind Rabbi Carlebach’s work.