MELBOURNE’S Rabbi Menachem Wolf appeared alongside some of the world’s most famous pop stars on Wednesday night at the state memorial for the late Michael Gudinski.
The music mogul passed away earlier this month at the age of 68.
Among the performers who sang at the service held at Rod Laver Arena were Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes.
Rabbi Wolf, director of the Spiritgrow Joseph Kryss Centre, who developed a personal friendship with Gudinski in recent years, told The AJN ahead of the memorial, “I will be sharing a spiritual universal idea and singing a chapter of tehillim to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.”
He added, “It’s very special that Michael’s Jewish heritage is being incorporated in such a meaningful and inclusive way.”
Reflecting on sharing such a prominent stage with a host of music legends, Rabbi Wolf said, “To be asked to present Jewish spirituality and tradition in such a public manner and in front of such a diverse crowd is a great and nerve-wracking honour.
“Of course, one’s ego swells when being asked to participate with such stars and that probably raises the nervousness. But if I am conscious that this is about Michael, his soul, his family and representing Judaism to a wider audience, then I don’t worry anywhere as much.
“I have been placed in this position for a spiritual purpose and will be blessed and guided by the Infinite.”