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. 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

LIFE IN ISRAEL

  • Stories of Gevurah from October 7th and since then
  • What I learned from visiting shiva houses of fallen soldiers
  • Religious Zionism, Modern Orthodoxy & everything in between
  • Being Israeli by choice: Reflections from being an Oleh Chadash

JEWISH LAW IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL

  • The role of morale in halachic decision-making
  • Paskening for a community in war time
  • Rav Herzog, Rav Goren & the War Get
  • The halachic ruling that fractured the Modern State of Israel

JEWISH HOME LIFE

  • Shalom Bayit as a meta-halachic principle
  • Negotiating the Non-negotiable: Helping couples of differing religious levels reach halachic compromises
  • What is the mission statement of your Jewish home?
  • The home in the teachings of Rabbi Sacks

JEWISH EDUCATION

  • Does the mitzvah of Chinuch ever end?
  • Halachot for the Jewish educator and Jewish school administrator
  • The role of the teacher in the thought of Rav Soloveitchik
  • Why Rabbis & teachers must be trained in Emuna & Machshava
  • Reflections on women’s Torah study from a decade of teaching in Midrashot/Seminaries

EMUNA & MACHSHAVA

  • Emuna Errors in the modern age
  • Does God give us tests that we can’t overcome?
  • Is all truly for the best?
  • Teiku and the art of living with questions

PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY

  • How to pray even when you’re not praying
  • Finding meaning in prayer while feeling less dependent on God
  • Being religious & being spiritual
  • Nusach Achid and Am Echad –The story of Rabbi Shlomo Goren and his attempt to unify Jewish liturgy

TORAH STUDY

  • The opportunities and stumbling blocks of using digital Torah databases
  • How to learn the Shulchan Aruch
  • Daf Yomi was my lifeboat
  • How to interpret Aggada

SPIRITUAL COACHING & #THEVIRTUALRABBI

  • Spiritual Coaching: Approaches & Methodologies
  • Everyone needs Chizuk
  • A Day in the life of #theVirtualRabbi

BLESSINGS

  • Celebrating the good through the Shehecheyanu blessing
  • The Baruch Dayan HaEmet of October 7th
  • The blessing on seeing new Jewish communities

PSAK & RESPONSA

  • Overlooked Considerations in Psak Halacha
  • What makes a responsum a source on which to rely
  • How to learn the Shulchan Aruch
  • Methodological reflections on Mental Health Responsa literature
  • Is there such a thing as Modern Orthodox Responsa?

RABBI SACKS

  • 10 methodologies from the teachings of Rabbi Sacks about how to learn and teach Chumash
  • Rabbi Sacks: A Spiritual Biography