Rabbi Shlomo CarlebachRabbi Shlomo CarlebachJNS.ORG – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book “Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy.” This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s “The Soul of Jerusalem” hit the shelves.

But even the authors will admit that this larger-than-life, soul-hugging rabbi’s legacy cannot be fully captured in black-and-white pages.

“Shlomo did not seem to fit any restrictive, defining label,” Ophir told “Reb Shlomo was ... a charismatic teacher who combined storytelling, sermonic exegesis and inspirational insights into creating a new form of heartfelt, soulful Judaism filled with a love for all human beings.”

Rather, Politico Playbook brings us the news that Gregory is writing a book about “his Jewish faith.”

That Jewish faith is an important part of his Beltway persona – Gregory studies Torah with David Brooks, Jeffrey Goldberg and Martin Indyk; he attends D.C.’s Temple Micah alongside Democratic Leadership Committee founder Al From; and his life as a Jew was even profiled in The Daily Beast, where he confided that his faith helps him “to work with more compassion and empathy” and “gives me a sense of perspective.”

Rhode Islanders have a cadre of candidates to choose from in this year’s primary election, Tuesday, Sept 9. The list includes a who’s who in politics, from secretary of state to governor and mayor of Providence. It also includes a host of newcomers.

The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island has partnered with The Jewish Voice to provide the community with information about candidates in the most hotly contested seats this primary season. In some races, a candidate is running unopposed and therefore was not included. Two candidate declined to participate.

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/COURTESY | HAROLD GRINSPOON FOUNDATION/COURTESY | HAROLD GRINSPOON FOUNDATIONBOSTON (JTA) – Fourteen years ago, sitting in her synagogue during Saturday morning services, Jacqueline Jules was browsing some Torah commentary when a story about a medieval poet struck an inspirational chord.

“It was an ‘aha’ moment. This will be my next writing project, my next children’s book,” recalled Jules, an award-winning children’s writer who at the time was also working as a school librarian.

The historical note that captured her imagination was a reference to Samuel HaNagid, a Jewish Talmudic scholar who in the early 11th century served as vizier, the highest adviser, to the Muslim royal court in Granada.

According to the legend, HaNagid is said to have made friends with a man who cursed him “by tearing out his angry tongue and giving him a kind one.”

“I was smitten by the story,” said Jules, adding that she saw the tale as a powerful metaphor for turning a violent act into an act of kindness.

Over the next dozen years, Jules discovered that turning the tale into a story for children was challenging. The author of “What a Way to Start a New Year!,” about Rosh Hashanah, and “The Hardest Word: a Yom Kippur Story” told JTA that she wrote as many as 20 versions of the tale.