The 16th yahrzeit marking the death of Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach was marked on Sunday. About two hundred friends and students of came to his grave on Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem. Many of them brought musical instruments to the grave and everyone joined together and sang his songs. The Psalms that are traditionally read during a yahrzeit were read out while Carlebach’s melodies, both the better known ones as well as lesser known ones, were chanted.
The ceremony at Rebbe Carlebach’s gravesite marks the opening event of a series of events in his memory. On Monday evening, several hours after the memorial service at Har HaMenuchot, many people gathered for two evenings of song and memory at the Ohel Nehama and Kol Rina synagogues in Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, a musical event will take place in Tel Aviv. The main event will take place, as it does every year, at Binyaney HaUma in Jerusalem this coming Saturday night. Participating in the event will be singers Shlomo Katz, Chaim Dovid, Ben Zion Solomon, Kobi Aflalo, Hilik Frank, and more.
Meanwhile a new initiative was announced to divide the Talmud Bavli into tractates and to study each tractate in memory of Rebbe Carlebach. The studying is to be completed by next year's yahrtzeit, and the goal is to make this learning a yearly tradition.