Invite Me to Teach

Rav Johnny is an engaging, dynamic, and inspirational speaker who has taught in schools, synagogues and communities around the world. Rav Johnny is available to physically come to your community as a scholar-in-residence, or alternatively, you may wish to invite Rav Johnny to deliver an online shiur, course or workshop. Beyond this, Rav Johnny is available to come to a private home and run a Pop-Up Beit Midrash on a theme of your choosing. To find out more, and to discuss details, please email Rav Johnny at ravjsolomon@gmail.com or send him a whatsapp at 052-603-0962. 

 

Topic Choices

Emuna, Religion, Prayer & Spirituality

  • Emuna Errors in the modern age
  • Spiritual coaching for Modern Orthodox Jews
  • Spiritual Anemia in the Modern Orthodox world
  • What is the relationship between being religious and being spiritual?
  • Meditation in Prayer
  • The different ways we pray
  • Prayer, Need Awareness, and our reduced sense of dependence on God in the modern age

Halacha

  • Bereishit –The ultimate halachic question
  • Halachic Consultation vrs. Psak Halacha
  • Writing a bracha out of existence: Exploring the Shehecheyanu bracha
  • Contemporary debates about Shabbat and the digital home
  • Subjectivity in Halachic Decision-Making
Jewish Thought
  • The mistake we are making by failing to teach Machshava 
  • The relationship between Machshava and Halacha
  • What made Rabbi Sacks such a unique Jewish thinker?
  • How we should honour the legacy of Rabbi Sacks

Skills

  • What is Aggada and how to learn it
  • What is Halacha and how to learn it
  • How to learn the Shulchan Aruch

Israel-themed

  • Nusach Achid and Am Echad –The story of Rabbi Shlomo Goren and his attempt to unify Jewish liturgy
  • Rav Goren, Rav Herzog and the ‘War Get’?
  • The halachic ruling that fractured the Modern State of Israel
  • Religious Zionism and Religious Zionisms
  • Blending Religious Zionism with Modern Orthodoxy

Parenting/education

  • Is there a mitzvah of Chinuch, and if so, does it ever end?
  • The role of the teacher in the thought of Rav Soloveitchik
  • How to write an Ethical will and why every parent should do so

Other

  • Fighting extremism – Reflections from my role as a board member of Chochmat Nashim
  • My research on how we’ve got the conversation about kid, adults & smartphones all wrong
  • Why I became #theVirtualRabbi