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Reb Shlomo was more than a brilliant entertainer, scholar, performer, and masterful composer, who reached out to millions over more than four decades of public appearances in thousands of communities all over the world.

 

Shlomo was a friend to all.

 

Souls in pain, in confusion, souls ready to awaken to a new light, were immensely precious to him.  He felt responsible for them.  To reach out to them he traveled relentlessly, driving himself over and over again to his last ounce of energy.  And there was immense joy for him when he could renew confidence, faith, comfort, and hope in people’s hearts.

Shlomo especially enjoyed quietly teaching his friends. This little booklet represents some of the countless golden magical moments, sitting with him… learning, listening, opening our hearts to the words and melodies – we felt so close, so enveloped in the love and kindness not only of his wondrous soul but also of all the awesome Chassidic masters of the past.  We could feel their immense strength and holiness, we could bathe our souls in their presence.  For Shlomo could convey their holiness through his own boundless love and kindness for all.

Shlomo’s teachings were free and available to all, like the sunshine and air we breathe.  They are a reflection of the eternal love and kindness of the Holy One Blessed Be He who blesses us with life at every moment, who renews creation always, and is waiting for us to wake up in order to give us as much joy as we can hold.

 

Liliane Ritchie


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