It is written in the Midrash, “HaShem saw that the tzadikim were few so he planted them in every generation.” It is clear to me that Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was a tzadik from a different time. A tzadik as great as Reb Shlomo you would expect in the generation of King David. What a privilege it is to be close to such a holy man. I cannot thank G-d enough.
I had the privilege of knowing him since I was a baby. I learned from him what it means to be a Jew. He taught me the sweetness of Torah, the true joy of doing mitzvot, and how to really pray. He didn’t just teach us with words, he lifted us up to the highest Heavens.
Rebbe Shlomo taught us: “You inherit money after someone dies. When is the deepest, deepest Torah given over? Right before someone passes away.”
A few weeks before Shlomo passed away I had the privilege of being in a class with him. That night he revealed to me the deepest Torah. It wasn’t just the words…. He gave me a taste of true joy, bliss, happiness. I received a taste of Paradise, of the Redemption. All the pleasures of the world don’t amount to that one taste. I swore to myself that I would never forget those minutes.
But he also taught me where that joy is to be found. When you pray to G-d with all your heart, when you do someone a favor, when you cry over every word of Torah you learn, that is the absolute highest joy in the world. The deepest depths
If I count all the tears I cried since infancy, they don’t amount to the tears I cried over Rebbe Shlomo’s passing. I don’t know if there was ever such a big loss since Moshe Rabbenu left the world. But what he left for us….
Rabbi Nachman says that the essence of the Torah that a person teaches is revealed only after he leaves the world. Therefore, after a person leaves the world, we need to learn his teachings and connect to his Chassidim.
That is why this book is being published.