Rare footage of Carlebach Davening in Leningrad 1989

[hat tip Anon]

(I refrain from commenting on the permissibility of davening with instruments and assume without probity that עת לעשות לה׳ הפרו תורתך)

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

4 thoughts on “Rare footage of Carlebach Davening in Leningrad 1989”

    1. His music should no longer be performed and my band will no longer play Carlebach. He remains a topic of interest or curiosity. I haven’t applied the Charedi female eraser, however.


      1. I would love to know how many of those who appeared on this clip have been identified and how many have now made aliya. I took a group of students to that synagogue while leading a YUTORAH mission in 1992 (though I had already served in the Israeli army and made aliya but was in Yeshiva University that year) and made a point of telling everyone I met in the synagogue that I was visiting from Israel. The response that I received from each and everyone of them was that they would move to Israel in a heartbeat if they knew they’d be gainfully employed – as long as they’d find “Rabota” they would move to Israel.


        1. That’s interesting to contrast with a depressing visit I made to the Nozik Shule in Warsaw some 10 years ago, where the Minyan on Shabbos was made up of older Holocaust survivors who had never left Poland. I was to learn that many of them had married gentiles for a range of reasons and I’m certainly not here to judge them. I spoke to one fellow who told me his sisters and family were all in Israel and when they sent him money for a ticket for a Simcha he loved it. I think that for these people, Israel was just too hard given that their wives were not Jewish and neither were any kids. I say this because it would appear that Russians were less concerned about this. It’s all understandable.


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