Guest post by an anonymous contributor
Shlomo Carlebach welcomed me in front of his musical performance saying Support Women Rabbis. I was mesmerized, encouraged, amazed by his kindness and stories of how he saved so many.
Yet I would hear women complain about being touched sexually. It didn’t happen to me so I didn’t believe it. My rabbinic teacher shared her story about being raped by him at 14. Still I was a Shlomo supporter until it happened to me – a man in a Jewish circle touched my thigh without my permission and no one cared because he was a charismatic Jewish musician brought in by Marc Gafni. Finally I understood the pain.
We should start a special fund that all money raised from singing Shlomo songs to be donated to the women who suffer today not merely from hearing Shlomo music but because we are complicit just as all those priests who molested the bodies of people’s whose souls were snatched. Shlomo was a soul snatcher and as good as he was to me does not negate the suffering that continues.