“Now in its Bar Mitzvah year, the Community Scholar Program (CSP) is bringing yet another world-renowned scholar to venues all over Orange County from February 4 to March 2.” Click here to read more.
“Neshama Life this week announced writer and scholar David Solomon as its new scholar-in-residence. Perth-born Solomon has joined the personal and spiritual development organisation for a two-year residency, during which he will embark on the ambitious project of translating the kab- balistic text Tiqunei HaZohar into English.”
“If you take all of Jewish history – all 5000-odd years of it – and whittle it down so that it can fit on four large stretches of butcher paper, and you stick that paper to four walls, and place what is either a genius or a madman (or possibly both) within those four walls and you furnish that man with two permanent markers and a decent hit of caffeine, you will get what most Jewish day-school graduates could only dream of.” Please click on the image left to read the full text.
THE MISSING GENERATION OF LIMMUD OZ
“Last weekend, as the Queen celebrated another year of her life, I celebrated my own Jewish life and identity at the Limmud Oz festival of Jewish learning and culture in Melbourne. I attended talks on the Middle East conflict, Jewish pluralism, Yiddish literature, Israeli films and inspiring interfaith initiatives. I danced to Israeli music, listened to friends DJ during sessions, learnt the entire Jewish history in 1 hour with David Solomon in one of the most brilliant educational experiences I’ve ever had – and this is just to name a few…” Please click on the image left to read the full text.
“David Solomon is a brilliant scholar and highly sought after lecturer in the Jewish community. His wide range of general knowledge, deep textual scholarship and great sense of humor allows him to be a hugely charismatic educator. We acknowledge David as a Top Jew for his unselfish effort as a one-man teaching machine – in 11 countries over the past few years – with no organized fundraising or institutional support….” Please click on the image left to read the full text.This story was published in the Jewish Week and LA Jewish Journal. To see the LA Jewish Journal’s version please click here or online the Jewish Week here.
“It is impossible to convey in words the essential meaning of Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur because their essential meaning is ultimately experiential. What is unique about that period is that it affords us the opportunity to stand as human beings before the creator of the universe. We don’t stand before G-d as G-d the Redeemer, we stand before G-d as G-d the creator, as Abraham stood before G-d when he realized that it is possible to have a relationship with the creator of the universe…” Please click on the image left to read the full text.
THE JEWISH WEEK ON JEWISH PRIDE
“Am Yisrael – the Jewish People – are a unique conduit for the revelation of a greater vision of what humanity can be. It is axiomatic in Jewish thought that no-one is Jewish by accident – their soul has been chosen for a challenging purpose. Jewish pride is thus not a retrospective glory of past achievements (though they are many)…” Please click on the image left to read the full text.
“Our sages tell us that in the messianic period the observance of only two festivals will remain; those two festivals are Chanukah and Purim. This is remarkable because those two festivals are not actually holy days mandated by the Torah, they are festivals enacted by the sages. But there is something unique about Chanukah and Purim: they each represent one of two different modes of the dynamic presence of G-d in the world: Purim is the concealed or hidden mode – the name of G-d is not even mentioned in the story of Esther; while Chanukah is the revealed mode.”
“At Sinai G-d said many things, but they can basically be boiled down to two words: Be nice. Don’toppress one another, don’t let your leadership become corrupt, don’t let the gap between rich and poor become too great, don’t victimize people, don’t oppress the needy and the underprivileged. If you are going to found a society – and let’s face it, that is the whole of point of the Jewish People because we do not exist randomly in the world, we exist for a reason, we have a purpose in the world – it must be founded on social justice…” To read the full quote, please click the image above.
LA REVIEW OF THE WHOLE OF JEWISH HISTORY IN ONE HOUR
“Solomon finishes to a standing ovation, but the crowd linger, surrounded by our entire history. My ancestors, I think, are each one tiny dot somewhere on those lines.”
In advance of the Inaugural LimmudLA, the LA Jewish Journal ran a profile piece on David. David was one of LimmudLA‘s principle guests and will be launching the In One Hour series to Californian audiences.
The recently launched news site, Jerusalem Blueprint (sister publication of the New York Blueprint), this week published a profile piece on David, following the completion of his latest series of Jewish History in Six Chapters. To read the article in full, please click here.
DORF NODS TO SOLOMON AT DOWNTOWN SEDER
Michael Dorf’s renowned New York Pesach event, the Downtown Seder, made a special mention of David’s talk, The Whole of the Seder in One Hour.
“4,000 years of history in an hour”, a near-full page story in the March 9 edition of The Jewish Chronicle profiles the man who was the “hit at the past two Limmud winter conferences in the UK”. The story’s publication marked the beginning of David’s ten day tour of the UK. To read the story in full, please click on the image.