Audio: Raz Hartman - Classical Musician Turned Spiritual Teacher

Rabbi Raz Hartman's journey from classical music to spiritual Jewish music.
4/26/2013, 11:00 AM

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Raz Hartman is a classically trained musician who has been playing since the age of 6. He spent most of his high school in a musical high school in Jerusalem, and then studied music at the University of California. But the day he met Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach changed the way he understood music. Raz spent three hours mesmerised by the "Singing Rabbi" and his soulful story-telling and singing.

After studying for 6 years at the Bat Ayin Yeshiva, known for being a little different, a little more spiritual and a little more organic, Raz was ordained as a rabbi.

Today Raz runs a historic old synagogue in the Nahlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem called VaAni Tefilla ("And I am Prayer"). This fresh and energetic place encourages prayer through song, and draws a weekly crowd of hundreds of Jews from every walk of life.

Tune in to meet this articulate, soulful Jew with the spiritual, musical talent.

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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