Rav Johnny Solomon is a passionate Torah learner, a reflective Torah thinker and an energetic Torah teacher. Originally from London, Johnny has a BSc (Hons) in Math & Religious Studies, an MA in Jewish Education, and semicha from the Montefiore Kollel (London). Beyond this, Johnny has been a participant in the Lookstein Fellowships for Senior Jewish Educators (Lookstein Centre, Bar Ilan), the Shalom Hartman Tichon Programme for Senior Jewish Educators (Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem), the Ashdown Fellowships for Senior Jewish Educators, and the Reshut Rabim Beit Midrash (Yaakov Herzog College). While in London, Johnny held numerous senior positions including Head of Judaic Studies at Immanuel College (London) and later, Head of Judaic Studies at Hasmonean Girls’ School (London). In 2012 Rav Johnny made aliya with his family, and he divides his time between teaching Tanach, Halacha & Jewish Thought at Machon Ma’ayan and at Midreshet Torat Chesed, while also working as a Jewish Education Consultant to numerous institutions.

Field / Profession: Educator, Leadership & Motivation

Educator at: Midrasha, Other

Recent Places Spoken/Recommendations:
Bushey United Synagogue (Scholar-in-residence, Shavuot 2018) - Rabbi Elchonon Feldman
Matan, Jerusalem (Summer Programme 2017, 2018) - Shulie Mishkin
Yeshivat HaKotel Leadership Programme (Shabbatonim & Events) - Rabbi Ari Cutler

Speaking Topics: Torah, Israel, Community, Eretz Yisrael, Inspirational, Mussar/Character Development, Jewish Education, Family Education, Halacha & the Modern World

Sample Topics - General:
What Shehecheyanu teaches us about contemporary trends in Orthodoxy
Responsa & Rabbinic decision-making in our digital, post-modern, world
How the Torah is often used as a defence for things that the Torah finds indefensible
Orthodox perspectives on Transgender
Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Cars & Jewish Law
Rupture, Reconstruction, and modern attitudes to halakha
The 13 Principles of Prayer
What custom should you follow when you were brought up without customs?
Educating the smartphone generation
Is there a mitzvah of Chinuch, and if so, does it ever end?
Maintaining our religious identity in a secular society
Reflections on Jewish Education in a post-Churban era
How to write an Ethical will and why every parent should
Sefer Devarim as the ultimate Mussar Sefer

Sample Topics - Israel Related:
The blessing on building new communities in Israel
Birkat Shehecheyanu on Yom Ha'atzmaut
IDF Agunot and the Battle over the War Get
The story of Rabbi Shlomo Goren and his attempt to unify Jewish liturgy
Fate Or Faith? Philosophical reflections on modern conversion controversies
Seven Shmitta lessons
Why we face Jerusalem in prayer

Links to sample audio or videos:
The blessing on new communities in Israel: https://soundcloud.com/johnny-solomon-168680526/the-blessing-on-new-communities-in-israel Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's defence of common practice: https://soundcloud.com/johnny-solomon-168680526/stories-within-rabbinic-rulings-2-rabbi-shlomo-zalman-auerbachs-defence-of-common-practice The value of writing an ethical will: https://soundcloud.com/johnny-solomon-168680526/ethical-wills Hugging is better than kissing (Megillat Rut): https://soundcloud.com/johnny-solomon-168680526/hugging-is-better-than-kissing-insights-into-megillat-ruth Seven Shmitta Lessons: https://www.yutorah.org/sidebar/lecture.cfm/804625/rabbi-jonny-solomon/why-do-we-keep-shemitah-/ The loss of a teacher is like the giving of the Torah: https://www.yutorah.org/sidebar/lecture.cfm/835643/rabbi-jonny-solomon/-the-loss-of-a-teacher-is-like-the-giving-of-the-torah-thought-about-lag-b-omer-and-the-passing-of-gedolim/ Why we don’t sing Hallel on Purim: https://www.yutorah.org/sidebar/lecture.cfm/790428/rabbi-jonny-solomon/the-relationship-between-megillah-and-hallel/ The Mikveh of Yom Kippur: https://www.yutorah.org/sidebar/lecture.cfm/797692/rabbi-jonny-solomon/the-mikveh-of-yom-kippur/ Shehecheyanu on purchasing new items: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHnZZBxSdm8&t=330s Shehecheyanu on getting married: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdnJFP_QwBc Shehecheyanu on having a baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuPFs0dbhY8&t=851s Shehecheyanu on Yom Ha’atzmaut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cR39ECe1vQ&t=3015s

Available for online live video shiurim

Personal website: https://johnnysolomon.com/

Languages: English, Hebrew

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