Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Once upon a time there was Shlomo Carlebach’s music. Today there are so many singers, all copying the contemporary rock and roll beat. I once heard Shlomo say on a radio interview that his music was unadulterated, as he didn’t listen to pop music. Lately, many recordings of Reb Shlomo have surfaced on the internet. Some of these clearly have RSC singing the songs of his day. Obviously, for someone who spent much of his time on college campuses, I find it hard to believe that he could have been totally immune to American pop culture.

Although I own a copy of Reb Shlomo singing SinnerMan, I wasn't able to find a copy available on the internet.

Out of the heart of RBS comes this gem. It seems that this song really has it’s roots in the Gemara Avoda Zara 17a. Maybe the tune also has Jewish roots afterall. Presenting Shlomo Katz and Reb Lazer Brody - SinnerMan. Enjoy.

Only positive comments will be posted.


  1. According to wiki, this song was composed around the turn of the century. Reb Shlomo was probably familiar with "folk" songs, but probably meant that he didn't listen to pop radio.

  2. Thanks Carlebach Guy. I think you are correct. Kumbaya is also an old folk song from the 1920's or 1930's that Shlomo sang in the early 1960's.

  3. Why not post your recording of shlomo singing this. I could care less about Lazer and will NOT play this video.

  4. I don't feel comfortable posting songs on the internet. I am not an expert in copyright/halacha in this regard.

    What do you have against playing this video? Can't be worse than the trailer you posted today.

    At least play the Project Inspire video. There you see real Havdalah. None of my Jewish friends can do that.

  5. can't answer on a thread.

    email me chaimg613@gmail.com


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