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Lunch n Learn with Special Guest Speaker: Alden Solovy

Thursday, March 16, 2023 23 Adar 5783

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join our monthly online lunch & learn here on Zoom! You bring the lunch, Rabbi Eger will bring the learning!

One Word Torah: Poems and Insights from These Words
This month we'll welcome Poet-Liturgist Alden Solovy, who will read from his new book – These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah – and will explore the Torah learning behind several of the poems. These Words focuses on 70 powerful words from Torah, which serve as the basis for 70 unique poems exploring the world of meaning contained within them. Alden will also talk about his process to create the book and will take your questions.


Alden Solovy transcends the deficiencies of simple words by offering us inspired poetry. – Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue, NYC.


In These Words, Alden Solovy dives deep into the vocabulary of the Torah, extracting--with the aid of centuries of interpreters--pregnant meanings that still have resonance in our lives. Equally impressive, and speaking with his unique voice, are the wondrous poems that accompany these ruminations. – Everett Fox, Ph.D., translator of The Five Books of Moses.


Alden Solovy engages our rational minds in the analysis of our tradition’s most impactful Hebrew words before transitioning to poetry that elevates our spirits. This groundbreaking volume touches both brain and soul, offering new meaning for all who engage with our sacred vocabulary. – Rabbi Barry H. Block, editor of The Mussar Torah Commentary and The Social Justice Torah Commentary.


Alden Solovy breathes new life into these beautiful Hebrew words, these divine gifts of inspiration. This is the holy practice of midrash. – From the foreword by Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Senior Scholar, and Educator in Residence, Jewish Education Project.


Alden Solovy
Alden Solovy is a modern day piytan, a traveling poet/preacher/teacher who uses Torah and verse to engage and inspire. Alden embodies the intersection of scholarship and heart. A new voice for ancient yearnings, his writings resonate with the soul and his presence is sought after in Jewish spiritual spaces around the world. A liturgist, lyricist, and educator, Alden offers a fresh Jewish voice, challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, and prayer. His writing was transformed by multiple tragedies, marked in 2009 by the sudden death of his wife from catastrophic brain injury. Solovy’s teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud and Leo Baeck College in the UK, and synagogues throughout North America. He is the author of four volumes from CCAR Press: These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah (2023), This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day (2017), This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings (2019), and This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer (2021). The Jerusalem Post called his writing “soulful, meticulously crafted.” Huffington Post Religion said “…the prayers reflect age-old yearnings in modern-day situations.” Solovy made Aliyah to Israel in 2012, where he hikes, writes, teaches, and learns. His work has appeared more than 25 collections, including Prophetic Voices: Renewing and Reimagining Haftorah (CCAR Press, 2023), Mishkan R'Fuah: Where Healing Resides (CCAR Press, 2012), L'chol Z'man v'Eit: For Sacred Moments (CCAR Press, 2015), Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe (CCAR Press, 2015), and Gates of Shabbat, Revised Edition (CCAR Press, 2016). He is a three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism. His writing appears on,,, and Alden is also the founder of ManKind Project Israel.
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