Neshama Carlebach

I’ve been listening to several Neshama Carlebach CDs for a project I’m working on. She has an amazing voice, and the discs I’m listening to are excellent. David Morgan, who produces her and co-writes and co-arranges her work, shows a depth of talent rarely seen in the Jewish market. And Neshama’s voice is so polished and shows such a broad range, she could easily cross over to the secular market. A great place to start with her music is Dancing With My Soul. For those who care about such things, check with your rabbi regarding possible issues of kol isha before listening.

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11 responses to “Neshama Carlebach

  1. Anonymous

    Wow! Nothing about her apologizing to the victims of her fathers roving hands and how she should be shunned until she does??? This and the Rabbi n Hooker story leads one to believe that either you fell on your head, your parents threatened eviction, or someone served you with some legal smack as regards your usual vitriol. Any of those possibilitys leave one amused.

  2. What does what her father did (or was alledged to have done) have to do with her? Is she guilty simply because she is his daughter?

  3. Anonymous

    Are Jewish men allowed to listen to women singing now? Or are you a woman?

  4. Neo-Conservaguy

    Ah, Qol Isha, perhaps the biggest embarrassment of the stuck-in-time Jewish world. Since I don’t plan to have Neshama standing there next to me and singing to me while I recite my Shma’, why would I possibly care? I fondly recall sitting with a Chabad rabbi – secretly, of course – listening to a CD of a woman’s Jewish group singing so that I could transcribe the music for him to play on guitar. It’s a darn good thing it wasn’t time to say our Shma’…..!

  5. “Are Jewish men allowed to listen to women singing now?”

    There are several different shitot on this. If the voice is recorded, according to some poskim there is no kol isha. If the songs are niggunim and religious, others hold no kol isha. Others hold it’s kol isha even if recorded, and even if religious.

  6. Anonymous

    how does one find a posek? aren’t all rabbis corrupt and phony? whatever psak he gives me he’s just trying to serve his own purposes.

  7. Isa

    Regarding the comment above:
    A real rabbi once said to me it is real easy to forbid everything then one will not get into trouble with the crazies.

  8. Yochanan Lavie

    Right on Neo. I heard that the Yemenite Jewish community had women sing religious songs for mixed audiences, and that it was a longstanding tradition. I m sure that history has been rewritten about that.

  9. Neo-Conservaguy

    My understanding of the Yemenite tradition of women singing, which is based upon a conversation with a Yemenite scholar, was that the men sang three-part “suites” of songs based upon religious themes and the women sang only secular songs. I’ll have to ask about the mixed audience theme; the men only sang with men. The Yemenite communities were not exactly “progressive” in these areas.

  10. OneTopJob6

    Ah, Kol Isha. The meshugge view that Barry White is not too seductive to listen to, but Mrs. Miller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Miller) is.

    I gotta check me out some Neshama. I have never heard her in my entire life.

  11. mikhoel

    OneTopJob wrote:

    “Ah, Kol Isha. The meshugge view that Barry White is not too seductive to listen to, but Mrs. Miller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Miller) is.”

    Maybe Mr. Miller thought she was seductive!

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