In this blog based on material sourced by Dr Natan Ophir, we showcase:
a short model Pesach (and background)
Let my People go – Russian Jewry
A pesach story contributed by Stuart Wax
Collection of 11 songs of Reb Shlomo for Pesach
The last Seder in the Warsaw Ghetto
This video is from April 27, 1986 when NBC TV aired a film describing the theme of freedom on Passover directed by Walter Kravitz and anchored by Robert Abernethy. It included clips of celebrations around the world and inserted some particularly dramatic videos of the new emigration changes for Soviet Jewry including the aliyah from Moscow to Tel Aviv of the families of refuseniks Isai and Grigory Goldstein. The 58 minute video documentary included a brief 1:34 minute section of a model Passover Seder with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in Moshav Me’or Modi’im at the home of Alon and Rena Teeger. The reporter, Ed Rabel, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, narrated a description of the Seder celebration. This video clip provides a rare glimpse of the Moshav residents.. For the clip on the Seder at the Moshav.
Rabbi Yehoshua Witt can be seen dancing with his children Yahad and Tiki. Rabbi Avraham Trugman is at segment 0:12, Dov Landesman sings the “Mah Nishtana” at segment 0:23, Zusha Frumin dances with his daughter Chemla Tamari at segment 0:39, Tzedek Gilmore, Eliasaf Galor, and Yahad Witt are at segment 0:41, Alon and Rena Teeger and family are at segment 1:02. Reb Shlomo sums up with pathos at segment 0:46 how God took us out of Egypt just to bring us to the Holy Land
Let my People go – Russian Jewry
In a video interview with Zachary Goldman, Shlomo exclaimed: The concerts were “fire, fire,” there was so much holiness. Stuart Wax recalls Shlomo exhorting his entourage before embarking on the trip, “many of our Russian brothers have never smiled before; so few of them have known real joy. It is our mission to make them smile; it is our mission to bring them joy!” At the concert in Leningrad, Reb Shlomo asked the crowd, whom do you think is on this stage? It is not only the band you see here, but all our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He exhorted his listeners to go out and proudly say hello to everyone on the street. Let all know that we are Jewish. On Motzei Shabbat, September 23, 1989, Shlomo and the band organized an after-midnight Selichot program at the Leningrad Railroad Station.
This film was entitled “Acts of Faith: Passover”and included a Refusenik Seder in Moscow , an interview with Eli Wiesel and several other clips relating to the newfound freedom of Soviet Jewry
For many years, we had a empty seat for Russian Jewry at our Seder. Reb Shlomo was very active in helping the Russian Jews. For the video clips from Motzei Shabbat, Sept. 9, 1989 in Leningrad and on Sept. 10, see
A Pesach story from Shlomo Carlebach:
This is a story of Rav Tzvi Elimelech. He told this story about his father. In those days, people were so poor, but a way of making money was to become a tutor in a rich man’s house. They taught children from Succoth to Pesach, they made a few hundred rubles, and lived on that the whole year. So, his father became a tutor for a rich man. The first shabbos that his father was there, there were no guests. His father said to the rich man, “How can you have a shabbos without guests?” The man said, “I don’t waste my precious money on guests.” Rav Tzvi Elimelech’s father was so innocent. He said, “Do me a favor. Take it off my salary. I cannot eat without poor people at the table.”
He stayed there from Succoth until Pesach. A few days before Pesach, he walked in and said, Now, give me my 500 rubles.” The rich man said, “What do you mean? You owe ME 500 rubles! Because of you I had to spend twice your salary on the poor.” Anyway, Tzvi Elimelech’s father realized that this rich man would not let him go without getting his 500 rubles back, so he ran to his room, took his things and left. In the meantime, his wife didn’t have a single penny. The grocer and the butcher were asking her when she would pay them and she would tell them that her husband was bringing money on Pesach. So, he thought, how can I come home without any money? What am I supposed to do? He arrived home in the middle of the night. He was afraid to go home so he went to the Beis Midrash (study house).
Rav Tzvi Elimelech said, “I was seven years old. then. I went in the morning to daven and there was my father in the Beis Midrash! I said to my father, ‘Why didn’t you come home? We miss you so much!’ He said, ‘I didn’t want to wake you up.’ I ran home to tell my mother that my father came home. She was so happy. I ran back to my father and told him, ‘For four weeks we had nothing to eat because the butcher the grocer didn’t trust us any more. Now, we went and told them that thank G-d, you are here. Now my mother is preparing the best breakfast for you. We are so happy you came home.’
Well, my father davened so long. He didn’t know what to do. He took an hour to pack his tfllin up and I was pulling him the whole time, saying, ‘Let’s go home already.’ We walked in the street. He walked so slowly. Finally, we came to the last corner before the house. Suddenly, a Cossack came charging along and stopped right in front of my father. He said, “I am looking for Reb Feivel.’ My father said, “That’s me.” The Cossack took a little bag and threw it at my father and then took off. There was pure gold in it. Pure gold. So, Rav Tzvi Elimelech said, “That Seder night, when my father opened the door for Eliyahu HaNavi, I started yelling and I said, “Father, look — The Cossack is here again
May we all be blessed to see Eliyahu HaNavi this year!
Here is a collection of 11 songs of Reb Shlomo for Pesach.
קרליבך - שירי פסח - Carlebach - Passover songs
11 videos 34,290 views Last updated on Mar 26, 2015
1. Adir Hoo - אדיר הוא
2. VeHie SheAmda - והיא שעמדה
3. Leshana Haba'a - לשנה הבאה
4. Got Is Einer אחד מי יודע
5. Karev Yom - קרב יום
6. Ha Lachma Anya - הא לחמא עניא
7. VeNomar Lefanav - ונאמר לפניו
8. Shomrim - שומרים
9. Hashata hacha - השתא הכא
10. Ha'mavir Banav – המעביר בניו
11. Adir Hoo - Folk -אדיר הוא - עממי
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Reb Shlomo Carlebach -The Last Seder In The Warsaw Ghetto- שלמה קארליבאך
A heart wrenching story about a Jewish boy who asks his father Ma Nishtanah" at The Last seder in the Warsaw ghetto, by our holy tzadik R' shlomo Carlebach Zt'l.