Salomon Says... Farewell

This is my last blog. It’s time to say good bye.


It's over. After 11 years plus, over 600 productions, thousands of comments (some of them even positive), plenty of healthy controversy, a fair share of laughs, and lots of growth...I'm calling it quits. Today, Salomon Says says goodbye and yes- it is "Something to Think About."

It all began with a phone call. Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith had the foresight to understand that the Internet was exploding and that the hundreds of thousands of current and future aish.com adherents would use it to learn, to grow, and to question, all while being entertained. So, when he invited me to try and produce a weekly video blog, I was honored and humbled.

"Make it poignant," he said. "And relevant. And light...but with depth. And current. And wise...with a touch of elegance."

"Anything else," I mused?

"Oh, yes," he quipped. "Try to keep it at two minutes max."

"Sure."

So, I bought a mini-camcorder (remember those?) and a dumb little gizmo that resembled a light, I guess, and...ACTION!

For the purposes of this au revoir, I recently went back and watched my very first blog. It was November 23, 2005. WHEW! It looked like one of those silent movies filmed in the 1920’s. I even had some hair that wasn’t grey! A lame attempt at pathos, it was a person resembling me, describing a device that someone had invented to lock up a gallon of ice cream. I then asked folks what they owned that they would want to lock up, or share. Don't worry. I don't get it either. But after a short while, the program caught on. For some reason, people seemed to like it.

Predictably, the more comfortable I got, the more daring my subject matter became. I took on Sears when their website sold swastika rings. I questioned the value of public menorah lightings. I exposed phony Kabbala and urged Jews to study more and bring genuine meaning into their lives.

My editors challenged me not to settle for simply raising an uncomfortable topic. "The audience also wants to hear your opinion," they said. And when the comments came pouring in, like several hundred of them when I insisted we should think many times before buying German-made products, I knew they were on target.

Of course, it wasn't all fun and games. Being recognized wherever I travelled was quite a hoot, I must admit. But the flip-side of notoriety is pressure. I had to produce something blog- worthy every single week for over 600 consecutive weeks. And if it sounds daunting, well...

But I’d be lying if I claimed that my resignation is in any way related to pressure or strain. Finding pertinent topics and exactly where my voice resided became absorbing, challenging, and even fun. I became more self-aware, less fearful, and really eager to hear your responses to my thoughts and views.

Regrets? Not many. I probably should have been more technically savvy. My camera and lighting did improve over the years, but "the look" could have been better. And I think I got into a habit of speaking too long - two minutes probably should have been the max. But on the plus side, I did sort of pave the way for Lori's wonderful blog and Emunah's great column.

Ever since my decision became reality, I found myself wondering what the reactions to my stopping would be. Sadness? Demands for my return? Syndicated reruns on HBO or BRAVO? Petitions to the White House? A class action lawsuit or two? More than likely, a short-lived rumor mill will ensue, perhaps suggesting that I was offered a late-night talk show hosting job for eight figures or so. But life will go on and aish.com will continue to flourish, like few sites ever have.

"Wait," you say. "You haven't really explained WHY you are leaving?"

Quite astute, dear reader. And the best answer I can think of, is, I'm really not sure myself. I truly loved the opportunity, there is still plenty to talk about, and yes, I am certain that I will miss it. But in life, very few things last forever. We change, we grow, we question and examine. And often times, we use that process to re-evaluate how we spend our precious hours on this world, perhaps developing new vehicles of expression and contribution. In one phrase, sometimes you just know.

I have always had trouble with separations, and this is no exception. I cry at weddings, airports, and even certain commercials. But I like to cry. Crying is good. It puts us in touch with our deeper emotions and reminds us of the value of what we no longer have.

I don't expect you to cry, when you arrive at aish.com and see that Salomon Doesn't Say Anything anymore. But if I shed a tear or two...or three, I won't be surprised. After all, I spoke to you every week, for many years, and when you spoke back, we both gained. We didn’t always agree, but there is nothing wrong with that. After all, we are the Jewish People. We shared something very special and I will miss that very much.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please keep reading, and watching, and speaking up. I hope I have given you Something to Think About. You certainly have done that for me. And that, I am sure…will never end.

yaakovsalomon/March2016

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Comments (166)

(165) Maria Dodoc, May 15, 2017 5:48 PM

Thank You and Think About!

(164) Eliezer Evan Schwadron, March 20, 2017 8:08 AM

Knowing when to go

Thank you for being there. After all these years I will miss that friendly face.

In this last broadcast you taught me something important. There is a time to stop, to leave, to do something different, something new. For me ending has always seemed so scary maybe even bordering on dangerous, and then you just go and do it. No fanfare no elaborate goodbyes. Just a few thank-yous and a last heartfelt appreciation and you're gone, you are out of here.

R' Yakov you said a lot of great things over the years. This act of leaving is also saying a lot to me.

Thank you brother, love you, all the best!!

(163) Ronnie Steinberg, September 12, 2016 5:37 PM

Yasha Koach for what you have taught us over all these years. I understand that our lives need to move on, you'll be missed and i wish you all the BEST! hope you'll continue to do some occasionally!

(162) SZakon, August 3, 2016 7:12 PM

Thank you

Thank you for all those thought-provoking, sometimes
emotional blogs. Luckily, I can go back to the archives and
enjoy.

Hazlocha rabba,

(161) shahnaz noorani, July 18, 2016 1:42 AM

hi I got supersize I can not believed that I do see your face anymore miss you please to come once a while give us some advice good lock for any reason you are leaving

(160) diane carman, May 7, 2016 10:55 PM

I will miss you!!!!!

Dear Rabbi: I am so sad to learn you are "retiring" your posts on Aish. I am not Jewish but have looked forward to reading your wise and caring words. I have followed you for many years and you will surely be missed. I enjoyed all your articles, but the one that stands out in my mind is "Kick a Jew Day" - I could feel your pain as you spoke. Maybe, just maybe, you could put a video on Aish once in a while? If not, I wish you health, love and many more happy years with your family.

(159) Joan Bougie, May 1, 2016 3:12 PM

I will miss you!

May your future endeavors be as inspiring to others as your video blogs have been on on AISH. Always my favorite of AISH's offerings, "Something to think about" has become part of my vocabulary when discussing things of importance, and I thank you for that, and all the insightful and meaningful opinions you brought to the table of those of us who are always seeking.

(158) S. Feder, April 27, 2016 10:12 AM

We will miss your SAlomon says

Yes there isn't really more than to say, I will miss it a lot, even so I can't always see it. I do not regularly have time to check aish.com, but anytime I do, yours is one of my must read/hear/see columns. Also with the current setting ot our PC we can't even see your video (which annoyed me sometimes), I have to look at it at my daughters. I hoe we will hear, many more good devar Torah's by you in other places. I am also very pleased that Hamodia features you and your ongoing accomplishments in the Pesach edition.

Hatzlacha with everything you do in the futrure,
S. Feder

(157) peter Rosenthal, April 5, 2016 12:37 PM

So sad to see you go, but thanks for all your good talks.

I've been searching to find out why I couldn't get you any more so I finally tried google. I really enjoyed your video blogs and will take your advice and continue to learn with more determination. You have a way of talking that seems to bring out the true sense of things and you talk to us as though we are all true menches. Thanks, Col tov.

(156) Alon, March 22, 2016 3:51 PM

Thank You

I enjoyed watching your weekly videos and hearing your views and thoughts. No doubt your perspective was always intersting and whothwhile - thank you

(155) Rabbi D, March 22, 2016 4:12 AM

So sad, but as you said, life moves on

Thank you for all your chizuk. Your blogs were sharp, witty, cute, professional, informative, upbeat, pleasurable, educational, life altering, and just really something special to look forward to each week. And your delivery was fantastic, never sarcastic or harsh, but simple upbeat lessons that you never laid guiltily on us, just simply presented it in a way that respected our opinions and choice of whether or not to accept your lesson. I'm teaching in Kiruv for almost 40 years, the very best years of my life, and so many times you gave me something to think about and to throw out to my classes. I thank you so much, and may Hashem repay your kindness with nachas and bracha, and continued learning, growing and teaching in a most pleasant and enjoyable way.
Stay well,
Respectfully and with much admiration,
Avi Davidowitz, TAB, BHI, Brooklyn

(154) steve zuback, March 18, 2016 12:46 AM

I'll miss you!

Thank you for all the wisdom you shared; and, for giving me something to think about every week. I looked forward to your video blog and enjoyed it immensely. I will miss it and you!
I wish you the best of success in all that you do. Take care.

(153) Pauline, March 17, 2016 3:13 PM

Thank you for all your video work on Aish. I've enjoyed hearing your thoughts...even the ones I disagreed with (and reading all the comments to get a better idea of the many ways of seeing/understanding/looking at the various topics/issues). I wish you the best in what ever your next chapter of life holds or opens up for you. It would be nice though if you could occasionally come back and visit us with some videos now and again. So for now, bye, and be well. Your cousin...(as we all all family).

(152) Benny Taubenfeld, March 17, 2016 1:59 PM

Thank you and hatzalachah rabbah in your future endeavors

I've enjoyed your meaningful and often humorous insights and advice over the past several years and will truly miss them. You have been an inspiration to Jews the world over.

(151) Lowell Nigoff, March 17, 2016 1:53 PM

Attended mission trip

My wife Betty and I joined with you on the first Aish mission trip. It was a pleasure to meet with you and the other Aish reps. We will miss you insights. Lowell Nigoff Lexington KY

(150) Mauro Horowitz, March 16, 2016 9:22 PM

Thank you

Dear Rav: thank you so much, directly from Brazil, for making me think about so many Jewish matters. May Hashem give you health to keep on spreading the beauty of Judaism. Mauro Horowitz

(149) Anonymous, March 16, 2016 3:45 PM

Goodbye

Oh, dear. We are going to miss you. Thank you for so many years of truly thought-provoking blogs.

(148) Jewish Mom, March 16, 2016 11:21 AM

Something to rethink about!

First of all, thank you for providing us with food for thought over the past many years. Your forthright and humble manner obviously resonated with many of us. It looks like the Aish.com fans want you to continue; wouldn't that mean that you're having a positive impact on more lives than you know through the medium of this blog? These responses are just a sampling - the majority of people don't post comments. Every neshama comes to this world to be mekadesh shem shamayim. Are you sure that by discontinuing this blog you will be increasing your reach in order to fulfill that task or perhaps the opposite? What would Rav Noach say - and more importantly - what does Hashem want from you? You're clearly a person with depth so you've obviously thought about the above. In light of the responses, maybe it's something for you and the Aish.com content editors to rethink about.
Behatzlacha in whatever you do!

(147) Baruch Zheutlin, March 16, 2016 6:48 AM

thank you for making me laugh

Dear Rabbi Solomon;
We met once in La when you came to sing at a JLE music event. I recall that you knew my father, Micheal Zheutlin A"H. I have enjoyed your insight over the years, I specifically must thank you for the smiles you brought to me as I watched your videos on Kiruv. com. The Shvitzer is my favorite, although your trying to explain Kashrus, Shatnez and Parah Adumah in the Overloader left me rolling. I have showed them to my sixth grade class over the years and they giggled as well. May all your wonderful teachings lead us to the day of Az Yimalei Sechok Phinu.... God Bless

(146) LarryB, March 16, 2016 3:00 AM

No One quits for no reason

since you left the door open why not drop in once a month with a half hour program? I always though your talks were to short and didn't allow you enough time. You have a lot more to offer than 2 minutes worth. I hope you reconsider.

(145) Leah Flaumenhaft, March 16, 2016 12:34 AM

I have been watching your videos from my home in Israel for the past year or so. I've very much enjoyed your words of wisdom. Kol Hakavod for teaching & inspiring so many! Please give my love to Temmy (we go way back)-even after 40 years she still has a special place in my heart!

(144) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 11:29 PM

Thank You!

I've never written in before but you've given me a great deal to think about over the years. You will be missed! Thank you!

(143) Martin nerl, March 15, 2016 11:28 PM

Purim joke?

I figured it out.this is a Purim/ early April fools joke.i expect you will be back next week.good one though.you had me going for a while

(142) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 10:56 PM

yishar Koach!

May you continue to use the frank and genuine tools that Hashem has given you to continue to give to Klal yisroel.
Thank you for your good wholesome words. Enjoy the spare time, in exploring other valuable areas of Avodat Hashem.
Yishar Koach!

(141) Judith Levy, March 15, 2016 10:02 PM

Dear Rabbi Salomon, Thank you for your insight and sincerity through the years. I enjoyed listening to you. Sincerely, Judith Levy

(140) Tova Braunstein, March 15, 2016 9:19 PM

Something to think about

Shalom Rav Salomon,
Your last blog made me sad and demanding reruns as you said in your printed blog.
Since you like challenges, here's one for you. How about going through all your blogs and reposting the ones you like best. For instance, I would be very interested to hear your objections to public menorah lightings. You could post these from time to time and we wouldn't feel such a wrench that you have been taken away from us. You quit kind of cold turkey- one week you're here and the next you're not without any warning.
We will all miss your humorous wisdom so much.
Something to think about
Gitl Tova

(139) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 9:03 PM

I made sure to watch all your wonderful shows

Thank you Rabbi Salomon ,
your work was greatly appreciated and you will be very missed

(138) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 8:39 PM

Rabbi Salomon,
I feel so sad to say farewell to your wonderful weekly blog, which I enjoyed tremendously over the years. Just about every week, I listen to your blog and the sound advice that you gave us. Your pleasant smile and way of communication, with such sincerity has been so heartwarming and also very valuable.
B'Hatzlachah with your future endeavors. Thank you for all that you have taught me over the years.

Rachel Botbol

(137) Frank Evans, March 15, 2016 8:11 PM

Thanks

I'd just wish to thank you for the time and insights you have shared. You've given a good deal of your time and much to think about. Thanks and best wishes.

(136) Pamela Fender, March 15, 2016 5:27 PM

Farewell

G-dspeed.
May your future bring you all that you hope for.
All the best,
Pamela

(135) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 4:53 PM

We are really going to miss your down to earth manner, your wise remarks, your willingness to address pertinent topics, your apparent warmth and concern for people. May you have hatzlacha in whatever you do in the future.

(134) Joyce, March 15, 2016 4:07 PM

Over the years I have learned so much from your talks and you
surely will be missed. Perhaps once in awhile you can visit us again. Thank you for sharing your heart and knowledge to this fundamental Christian reader.

(133) buchie soroka, March 15, 2016 3:25 PM

Chicago and pizza

Dear Reb Yaakov

You will surely be missed. I hope that you will at least continue your "Out of the Box" musings in the Flatbush Jewish Journal. I prefer not waiting for your presentations at the Project Inspire Weekends. In any case I do have your interests in mind. AFTER READING YOUR EXPERIENCES IN CHICAGO , I sent my son , Shlomo, who recently relocated from St Louis and now works with the Agudath Israel, a copy a asked that he see what he could do about it. Here is response:

He's funny.
Thanks for sharing.
Love, Shlomo
Rabbi Shlomo Soroka
Director of Government Affairs

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 West Peterson Chicago, Illinois 60659

On Mar 14, 2016, at 8:54 AM, Mort Soroka wrote:
What's happening. I thought this was Chicago, not St. Louis

Perhaps Agudath Israel could get legislation prohibiting the Chicago Pizz shops to remain open on Fridays

In case you get some down time consider this

Love Abba

(132) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 2:58 PM

Hatzlacha!

Wishing you only the best as you create your new endeavor. I thank you for your straight forward thoughts and, less than glitzy, opinions. I hope you feel good about the contribution you have made to the lives of Jews worldwide. As a previous supervisor once said, "Stop at the height of your success!" I believe you have done just that. --a faithful viewer

(131) NJMom, March 15, 2016 2:36 PM

So sorry to read your declaration. I agree with others that your reason doesn't seem good enough - please rethink. Your creative mind can certainly come up with a twist in your presentation style/mode if you feel you need a change. We need your inspiring words!

(130) anastasia, March 15, 2016 2:15 PM

Thank You Rabbi for everything.I am abetter person because of your guidance.I will miss you.Take care and May God Bless !

(129) susannah garbutt, March 15, 2016 12:20 PM

Thank you

Dear Rabbi Salomon
Thank you for your empathy, kindness and down to earth approach to life issues and situations over the years, you have been a rock of sanity and reason in an unpredictable and often crazy world. You sent me a beautiful reply to a question I had once, and I have always found you to be a very compassionate and loving person. Many thanks and blessings to you - Susannah Garbutt, Australia

(128) David King, March 15, 2016 5:35 AM

Thank You and Good Luck

Rabbi Salomon, Thank you and good luck.
I have watched your video blogs over several years. They have been educational, thought provoking, and interesting. Frequently, I checked the email from Aish just to see if you had a new blog. I didn't always agree with your point of view, but I always appreciated hearing it.
I wish you the best and hope that you will make an occasional guest appearance in the future.

(127) Naftali, March 15, 2016 5:30 AM

role model par excellance

I have never before posted a comment on your blog, Rabbi Salomon. Perhaps I am overdue that I do and it seems only fitting that I do so now. After reading the majority of the comments here that indicate how sorely missed your unique style, personality, and words of wisdom will be at aish.com, it reminds me again of how lucky and fortunate I am. Fortunate that I have the luxury of witnessing and experiencing your greatness on a regular basis. Because, despite all of your incredible work, reaching so many people, many of whom you have never met and never will, you have somehow, someway made your family a priority. You are always accessible. Fun, down to earth, understanding, and loving. Our wonderful relationship goes back as far as I remember and you have it with all of us. You have mastered the difficult task of achieving balance and clarity in life and I am constantly learning from you. So i comment publicly today to express my appreciation and to remind myself not to take you for granted. I look forward to continuing this journey with you and look on with anticipation to see how you will dazzle us next. B'ahava Rabbah.... Your son, Naftali

(126) Tzvi Arye, March 15, 2016 4:01 AM

Your Inspiration

Exactly 5 years after you started my son did not accompany me to shul while home from college. Inspired by you, I wrote him a synopsis of the parsha and asked 3 questions- 5 1/3 years later I, too, have not missed a week and now share with my extended family and am included in a weekly blog for our shul's weekly e Memos. Your good work has had more influence than you know.

(125) Pessie, March 15, 2016 1:23 AM

Come Back Sometimes

I thoroughly enjoyed your blogs and will miss them. You handled so many varied issues with intelligence and wit and genuine emotion. Your question of "something to think about" will be remembered.

(124) Anonymous, March 15, 2016 1:17 AM

You've always given me "Something to Think About!"

I too do not like changes, endings and good-byes. Thank you for giving your heart and soul to help me strive to be better, to look to Torah for answers, to question and stand up for what is right and to be of service to others. Thank you for your kindness and humor. Baruch Hashem – may all your days be blessed – forever and ever. I am so grateful and I will miss you very much. I have been listening for a long time.

(123) hennie kenigsberg, March 15, 2016 12:49 AM

I haven't always agreed..but I always had something to think about....i hope you make periodic guest appearances either in writing or as a video blog..thank you

(122) Reva Weingot, March 15, 2016 12:27 AM

Why?Why?Why? I too want to cry

I watched you every week,

I loved to hear you speak

but now you say good-bye

without a reason why

which leaves us kind of dry

so just to show I care

I need to wipe a tear

and close with trust

that you'll once again

talk to us...





(121) hinda, March 14, 2016 10:52 PM

Shalom

Sorry to see you go... your blogs were always informative, thought provoking and inspirational. all at aish.com will miss you!!

(120) David Maicon, March 14, 2016 10:50 PM

Thank U, and Good Luck on everything you do next

Dear Rabbi Salomon,
Just to wish you the best on anything you do next and in your personal life. And Thank you for all the wisdom you and Aish HaTorah provides us day and week in and out. It has been invaluable, and rest assured you have met your commitmment more than amply

David Maicon / Mexico City

(119) susan pearson, March 14, 2016 8:16 PM

Don't Leave!!!!

Your words are like a symphony when sharing your wisdom....
I have always looked forward to your blog...I can't believe you're moving on...
Your vocalized thoughts, ideas, the words to motivate and your words of encouragement...I will sadly and deeply miss!!!! I've learned a lot from you.
Your words have always been so soothing to hear....I'm so sad, I'm going to cry!
I will miss you terribly! G-d Bless!!!!
And all the Best!!!!

(118) Nechemia Coopersmith, March 14, 2016 5:50 PM

Dear Yaakov, The People have Spoken!

One of the distinct pleasures in being the editor of Aish.com is developing a relationship with the writers and bloggers. Yaakov, over the years you have become a dear friend. I cherish your insight, loyalty, humor and wisdom, and it's always been a pleasure working with you. We've come a long way, huh? The response over the last two days has been incredible -- and I hope, Yaakov, that it's obvious to you that you'll have to continue in some capacity! As a few people wrote, we do not accept your resignation! I look forward to receiving your occasional blog, which will now be even more special, and to also working on new creative endeavors with you. With love, Nechemia

Lisa, March 17, 2016 8:15 AM

Rabbi Coopersmith... Please help us bring the Rabbi back!!

As the world gets crazier & darker you were the voice of clarity!!

In Perkai Avot doesn't it say if there is no man ... You be the man? Rabbi , please continue being The Man & a constant voice of reason!!!

(117) Gordon Pullan, March 14, 2016 5:00 PM

From a 90 year old lawyer, still at work, I will miss you and the lessons you have provided me for with so long. You made my coffee breaks an enlightening, thought provoking, constructive interludes for which I thank and wish you the very best and continued good health..

(116) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 3:42 PM

Is this for real?

I am SO disappointed. I looked forward every Sunday morning to your blog. Listening to your sound logic, clear reasoning, and wisdom was always thought provoking and inspiring, while also entertaining - your usual exceptional blend.

I'll add my name to that petition to the white house. You'll be sorely missed - please DO reconsider.

Much Hatzlocha in all you do.

(115) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 2:55 PM

Thank you

You have been there through my journey and search for truth. Thank you for challenging me weekly and giving us all pause for thought and I have watched your blog every week finding it entertaining and thought provoking.
Chazak Ve'ematz!

(114) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 12:29 PM

Your gonna do something else!!

Hello Rabbi Salomon I respect your decision to hang up the skates. In fact you truly have given us something to think about again. As usual in a back handed easy way. "Sometimes it's time to move on." Without it being considered a cop-out. I have no doubt that with your energy and wholesome outlook on life you will give to yourself and the Jewish people as a whole something different, fresh, and uniquely idealistic as you constantly seem to accomplish. Your always thinking and hence always growing. Thank you for giving us all a glimpse into the "normal" big person you are. -Eliyahu PS thanks for giving us current events with a kosher filter :)

(113) Orna Drawas, March 14, 2016 12:18 PM

First and Last Comment

I have watched you and learned to appreciate my Judaism from a new perspective. I have never commented before, but wanted to let you know I learned, enjoyed and contemplated your messages. I will miss you. I wish you well. THANK YOU!

(112) Eric Coopersmith, March 14, 2016 11:23 AM

say it aint so !

Dear Yaakov

I too will miss your weekly thoughts and insights from your dimly lit basement and a smiling Rav Noach z'l behind yiou .

No doubt you'll find a new way to break new ground and make an impact !

Thank you

EC

(111) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 10:41 AM

Sorry to hear you're going from Australia!

Sorry to hear "you're hanging up your Mike" as we say in Australia!

You've always been very interesting albeit I think you are wrong occasionally, (especially when we hAve thousands of people coming to our annual Channukah lighting here in Melbourne Australia!, you're invited later this year iyH for this year's celebration in Melbourne)

Can you please reconsider Rabbi Salamon?

(110) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 7:05 AM

How will we be able to contact you in the future?

First, I want to thank you so much for coming to Chicago recently for the Ohel Shalom Sephardic Torah Center's shabbaton. We LOVED you here, super excellant shiurim that you gave us! Second, thank you for Solomon Says, I hope you will come back at least once a month. Less pressure on you, and lucky for us if you would. Aish.com will not be the same without you! Thirdly, how can we contact you? email address? You offered to review an article that I am writing for possible online publication with Aish. I hope I will still be able to do that. You left Chicago before I had a chance to talk with you again and get your contact information. Since my email address is kept private - maybe you can answer me with mine. Thank you so much, I for one, will miss Salomon Says!!!!

(109) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 4:54 AM

I'll miss your weekly blog. Be well.

(108) Paysach Krohn, March 14, 2016 4:10 AM

don't sign off from your closest friends. we need you.

You are from the most perceptive people I know and that's why I treasure our friendship. So though you have said goodbye to your Blog readers, I pray you are not signing off from your closest friends. And you have thousands of them. Paysach Krohn

(107) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 3:33 AM

petition to the white house is a must!!

Seriously, we will miss you! I think that we should all get together and petition and send it to the white house.. or rabbi Coopersmith. Your words of strength and inspiration always propel me forward in daily events. Please keep it up!! klal yisrael needs you and your words of strength and direction particularly as we are living in a generation of part corruption and falsehood and your words BH" are always emes. Klal yisrael needs you to bring the light into the darkness of today's currents issues/trends. any way we can twist your arm a little to stay on for few more years... at least until Moshiach comes?

(106) Ruth Pollack- Pappas, March 14, 2016 3:00 AM

Oh Noooooo!!!!

Dear Rabbi,
Oh No!
Yes! I am very sorry to see you go!
I am a new subscriber, and, right away, was drawn to your videos, and commented, frequently.

Rabbi, does it matter, if I agreed or disagreed? I don't think so! You invited me to partake in the discussion. To question my thoughts and opinions, and most importantly, to be convincing, in my own argument!

This - to me - is one, if not one of the best things about Judaism.
It asks me to think, and to be "a part of".

As I've said, I responded quite often, to you. Yet, only once, did I comment, on anything else, in Aish.

Want to know why?
You asked!
Simple as that.
YOU ASKED!

I was invited, to respond!
And, so I did.
(I knew you'd be listening)!

Yes, I certainly hope, that you'll do an occasional "guest spot", if you're so inclined!

What a wonderful contribution you have made!
Especially, for me!

Thank you!
Ruth

(105) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 2:52 AM

I will miss you

Your wisdom has become such an important part of my life. I always skipped down the daily articles to watch your video because I trusted that what I would hear was an honest, and wise approach to so many topics. You have become like a friend that I loved to listen to. I will truly miss you.

(104) Stephanie Cortese, March 14, 2016 2:19 AM

thank you

thank you so much for giving us something to think about. you will be missed for sure. I enjoyed all of your topics. as you move on ,I wish you a good life.
Stephanie Cortese

(103) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 2:19 AM

We truly enjoyed and we will miss you

(102) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 2:12 AM

We appreciated all of your talks and articles. I would like to complement "This is where I buy my cole slaw"
I think it should be required reading for all older singles.
Lots of good luck to you on your future endeavors

(101) Manasseh, March 14, 2016 2:06 AM

THANK AND SHALOM

Thankyou and shalom my friend.
Bishop. Manasseh P, Mankuleiyo,,,Kenya via USA

(100) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 2:06 AM

We will miss you!

Dear Solomon,
All of the lessons you taught showed us all that you are a beautiful person who wants to share what you have. What a blessing HaShem has given us to learn from you! Wishing you and yours all the success, happiness, and blessings in the world! Kol HaKavod!!!!!!!!!1

(99) Annie;), March 14, 2016 1:17 AM

Hatzlacha & Toda Rabbah

when you started these blogs I had no idea what 'hatzlacha' nor 'toda rabbah' meant... learning torah is a beautiful journey which you are much a part of for many of us baalei t'shuvah; it doesn't matter wether we agreed with you or not, Judaism gives us the mind expanding experience to explore thoughts, and you gave so many of us that particular lesson of freedom to think and ask, in real free ways; not the freedom bound by society's current narrow views, but the unbounded freedom of our minds: just ask, just explore, it's all a question away... very much to think about. Thank you so very much. To you and your wife and aish a l'chayyim, v'shalom, l'tova; May H" provide you with much parnassah to always be on the giving end - tizka l'briyut

(98) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 1:04 AM

thank you!

You gave me something to think about every week! I appreciated this blog and that you chose current events topics and connected them to being a jew. All the best!

(97) Anonymous, March 14, 2016 12:56 AM

You have been an inspiration

I'm a lot older than you are and started watching you on Aish
only about 2 years ago, but you've been inspiring and engaging, and I've sent your comments out to my children. Yes, you've given me "something to think about" Thank you and best of
luck and health in the future.

(96) ann Ehrenzweig, March 14, 2016 12:07 AM

I will miss your video blogs. I have learned so much from you and your advice. "Something to think about" will be with me forever. Hope to see a video from you once in a while. Best wishes on your next journey.

(95) Maureen Jacobs, March 14, 2016 12:02 AM

Thank you!

Thank you for all you inspirational and informative words.

(94) Raul Avalos, March 13, 2016 10:58 PM

Worth watching

Yes, I, a non Jew, would enjoy watching you again. God bless you.

(93) Lisa Levine, March 13, 2016 10:43 PM

Many Thanks - You Will Be Missed

I have enjoyed the time I've "spent with you"; listening, pondering, understanding, questioning and more. You will be missed. Many thanks to you for the time, energy, thoughtfulness and teachings that you shared with us. B'shalom. LL

(92) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 10:31 PM

Dear Rabbi Salomon, thank you so much for all you've given throughout your brilliant career! We have tremendously enjoyed, gained from, and have gotten to know you through your videos, books, and articles, all presented exquisitely with such warmth and love. You've been a favorite of so many for so long how can we possibly say goodbye! Please write another book and do some public speaking engagements so we can get your autograph and give you the standing ovation you greatly deserve! A true legend continued blessings to you and your family always!!

(91) Jonas, March 13, 2016 9:57 PM

Sorry to see you go

Glad I got to meet you on the 2010 Mission to Israel.

(90) Gerry Katz, March 13, 2016 9:49 PM

Safe and Happy Journey

I believe that when one door closes another door opens.

So be on the look out for the next door to open for you.

You have been very inspirational to many people.

(89) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 9:47 PM

Thank you!

Thank you Rabbi Salamon for all the wisdom that you shared and the practical lessons that you've taught! I will miss watching you and hope that you do make some visits to aish.com!
All the best!

(88) Chaya F., March 13, 2016 9:32 PM

I will miss your pearls of wisdom!

Thank you for your efforts all these years...yes at times we take things for granted and don't remember to be thankful all the while. May Hashem shower upon you continued gezunt and Nachas as you continue in your Avodas HaKodesh!

(87) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 9:27 PM

Can we see....

Could you show us the first video you made?

(86) Sidney, March 13, 2016 9:04 PM

Thank you

Maybe I'll see you sometime like the AIA Conventions.

(85) Miriam, March 13, 2016 8:55 PM

never say never

Rabbi Salomon, thank you for your years of thought provoking and contemporary videos. I can understand your feelings that a time comes when one needs to part ways and find a new direction. But hopefully whatever that direction is you won't forget your appreciative readers and keep in touch, even in a different format. Yasher koach and all the best.

(84) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 8:47 PM

Thank YOU

You have given so much to me and all your listeners. Please consider showing up whenever you can, that would be wonderful. All the best to you and your family. YOU will be missed!

(83) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 8:47 PM

I will miss your commentaries

Dear Yaakov:

You have been an inspiration to me over the years by your poignant, spot on commentaries. I understand your desire to move on and I wish you mazal tov in all your future endeavors.

Bernie Lubran

(82) Sonya, March 13, 2016 8:40 PM

Rabbi Salomon

I thought the few you had done on your trip to Poland and the camps, what you said and how you said it. Was powerful. Will miss you. Thanks for the lessons along the way.

(81) Ari, March 13, 2016 8:27 PM

We'll miss you here

My Sundays won't be the same without your thought provoking insights.

From the UK, I would like to join your many fans around the world in wishing you hatzlochah rabbah in the future.

And if you ever reconsider, you'll be welcomed back with open arms!

(80) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 8:23 PM

I will miss you.

Your presence, your voice, your insights, your challenges--I will miss you!

Chuck, Cupertino CA

(79) Hedy S Getson, March 13, 2016 8:19 PM

The end?

Continued health & prosperity in all your days.

Not the end, merely a new beginning in the next phase of your life.

My G-d bless you & yours.



(78) Nancy Valla, March 13, 2016 8:11 PM

You will be missed.

Dear Rabbi,
Thank you so much for all of your powerful words of wisdom, most of which I heartily agreed with. I found myself sharing many of your pearls with friends and relatives. Hopefully, a Kardashian doesn't take over your former position. You will be missed.

(77) Miriam Holtzinger, March 13, 2016 8:05 PM

Your Wisdom Will Be Missed

Thank you for all the wisdom, insight, and challenges you have given us through these years. You have been a huge inspiration in my life and the lives of countless others.
You will be missed!

(76) Devorah, March 13, 2016 8:00 PM

Yaakov Salomon :-(

I am sorry to see you leave. I can agree, disagree, or agree to disagree. As you may attest to on comments I have left in the past. Never would I hold ill feelings towards anyone especially you. This indeed is sad and I will miss you. you have a unique and profound presence on your videos that I have come to Aish to view, even treasure and I am sure your wife helped also with that. So modest and humble, you are in your countenance a tribute to Judaism. Not all make that cut. Even I struggle. Go forth and be blessed, be safe in all your endeavors. Be happy, be well and thank you for the time you gave us. Much love to you and your family.

(75) Tofi Cohen, March 13, 2016 7:54 PM

God bless you

God bless you

(74) Rita, March 13, 2016 7:41 PM

I will miss you

I know all things come to an end but it is difficult to see you go. Thank you so much for all you have given to us over the years. Yours is one of my favorite contributions that I look for at Aish.

(73) gloria, March 13, 2016 7:38 PM

All the very best - and thank you from NZ

Wonderful journeys - life is good and you have been part of mine. I ask many blessings to you, your wife and family from above.

(72) Dvirah, March 13, 2016 7:26 PM

Chazak V'Ametz

I didn't always agree with you but you did, indeed, always give me food for thought. I will miss you (and the picture behind you). Best wishes for your future!

(71) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 7:14 PM

Thanks

Dear Rabbi Salomon,

Thank you for giving me "something to think about" every week. I do not think I have missed a single video in the last 2 and a half years.
Please do continue to post videos (and/or articles) once in a while!

Toda raba!

(70) Jong, March 13, 2016 7:12 PM

Thank you

Dear Rabbi, I did not always agree with you, but I enjoyed listening to your views, especially when you touch something that I have never imagined. Thank you so much for your over 10 years of dedication and inspiration. Amazing....!

(69) Keith, UK, March 13, 2016 7:01 PM

Hopefully it's just "Au Revoir"!

Thanks Yaakov.. You WILL be missed.. :( ... I truly thank you for your videos, even if perhaps I've not always agreed with you!!.. I've been subscribed to Aish for quite a long time now and subscribe to your YouTube channel also.. It'll seem strange not to see your smilng face!.. Maybe keep your YouTube channel.....Yes?.. I hope so.. G-d bless and a big "Thank You" again.. Shalom.. Keith, UK..:)

(68) Stephen Berr, March 13, 2016 7:00 PM

Thank you!

I get Aish.com and though I am what many might consider a "secular Jew", I never stop seeking answers. Whenever I get Aish,com if you have a video I watch it. You and Lorri are both wise commentators on the world. Thank you very much for the years I have spent learning from you. Best wishes for the future. Your wisdom will be missed.

(67) Rachelli Fisch, March 13, 2016 6:55 PM

You have touched many

Thank you for your inspirational, relevant ideas. They will be missed,

(66) Paula Rubin Sparks, March 13, 2016 6:27 PM

Thank You and Please Run Your Previous Blogs!

Dear Rabbi Salomon,
I also write a blog (about dating issues) and people need to review the ones from a few years ago. They are all still very relevant. Perhaps Aish.com can run some of your previous, still very relevant blogs. That will be great!

(65) Sheila Deutsch, March 13, 2016 6:14 PM

Good luck in whatever your future brings. I have enjoyed your thoughts and will miss them. They were always well thought out and interesting, even for the few times that we disagreed.
B'hatzlacha SD

(64) Rachel Mishory, March 13, 2016 6:12 PM

Thank you for the voice

Thank you so much for the graceful exit language. I am going to tuck it away to use when it is time for my own graceful exit. I wish you all the best for 120 healthy, gezunt years of growth and exploration.

(63) Yoel Nitzarim, March 13, 2016 6:10 PM

Empathy and Understanding

Rabbi Salomon,
Thank you so much for being a caring person, one who empathises with his interlocutor, one who tries to really understand others and goes out of his way to speak up on behalf of those who have a hard time doing so, and one who feels the suffering of others. I have met very few rabbis as deeply feeling as you. You are a real mensch!
Kol tut!
P.S. Please blog us every once and a while.

(62) Menachem Adelman, March 13, 2016 6:08 PM

Application for resignation rejected

We have rejected your application for resignation.
This position is not subject to optional participation or involvement.
Once you have opened our minds and hearts to the Salomon, it is not retractable.
And besides, the replacement blogger is entirely not acceptable, even if he is ahead in the Republican primaries...

(61) Dvorah, March 13, 2016 6:07 PM

Thank you for your wisdom

You have been most inspiring ...I am sure u shed light on thousands of peoples lives... goodbyes are always bitter sweet! Mazal tov on your successful blog we will never forget you!

(60) Judah Landa, March 13, 2016 6:03 PM

You Reaaly Ought to Reconsider

By what standard of morality or Judaism or Torah values did you conclude that it is okay to yank a program that has done much good for others from under them, and for no particular reason other than that "it is time"?!

This decision seems to me to be contrary to the main theme of many of your posts. I doubt Rabbi Noach Weinberg would have supported you in this.

You need to RECONSIDER!

(59) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 5:57 PM

thanks for the inspiration

Thank you so much for your videos. I hadn't been one to watch them for years, but I did appreciate "Something to Think About". You've actually inspired me to be brave and look forward. I am a teacher for over 30 years, and soon I will have my moment of knowing when "it's been enough". I have been very afraid about this. Your brave and honest message may make it a little easier for me to think about the future - outside of the classroom. Thanks for your honesty, and inspiration about when it is time to move on.

(58) Julie George, March 13, 2016 5:55 PM

Thank You

You will be missed. Many times you have explained and taught me so much about Judaism in ways I understand. You have enlightened my knowledge and I am so gratefull. May your days be long and I promise to continue learning. Baruch HaShem. Julie George Overland Park, Ks.

(57) Bunny Shuch, March 13, 2016 5:50 PM

Yasher koach!

Rabbi, I always enjoyed your videos and will miss them. Many warm wishes for wherever your journey takes you from here. It would be great if you make a guest appearance from time to time!

(56) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 5:38 PM

thank you !

I will miss your thought provoking videos. Thank you for all the time you spent giving so much to so many. You have definitely given us all "something to think about".
Hatzlacha

(55) elf, March 13, 2016 5:35 PM

Thanks for a lifetime of love for the Jewish Community

Life is short and that's why we need good , God loving teachers. Our very lives are formulated by the ones that care enough about us to tell us what's the problems in life. Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us.

(54) Jeannette Zipes, March 13, 2016 5:30 PM

Good bye Rabbi Salomon

I am Roman Catholic and I have enjoyed your wisdom. I do share your views to others especially the Jewish side of the family.
G-d bless you long life
Mrs. Jeannette Zipes

(53) Michael, March 13, 2016 5:30 PM

How about easing into it and doing one a month???

Say it isn't so. Kol Hakavod. I always enjoy and value your thoughts and ideas. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you at other venues (assuming this isn't like a Brett Favre retirement). Come visit us in South Florida.

(52) Bracha Goetz, March 13, 2016 5:26 PM

Thank you

for all you have done and for all the wonderful things you will, G-d willing, be blessed to continue to do!

(51) Leah, March 13, 2016 5:13 PM

We will miss you.

Rabbi Salomon, thank you so much for the wisdom and insight you have shared over the years. I watched many of your blogs and enjoyed them thoroughly. I will miss them. All the best to you and your family.

(50) RC, March 13, 2016 4:53 PM

Stopping?!

Reb Yaakov, I share the same sentiments as the previous comments wishing you well. We all hope that you are moving forward to a bigger and better service to klal yisroel as your talent and 'hartz' are sorely needed for the future revitalization of our nation.

(49) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:51 PM

salomon says

Thank you so much for all that you've done for the Jewish people.

May you be blessed.

(48) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:44 PM

Regrets !

From Paris (France) i used to listen to your words every weeks and loved the way you used to pinpoint those special events that you brought us to think about.
It's the first time I realise there was a button for partaking second thoughts with you, and that I an writing to you !
It was very agreable to follow your blog !!!
Hope you will continue, in an other way, to make us think about !
Be well
Simy Herscovitch from Paris (France)

(47) Chaiah Schwab, March 13, 2016 4:30 PM

Thank you for all your wonderful talks and please,

DO return!, whenever you have something for us to think about!

(46) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:24 PM

Thank You

Thank you for all your hard work over the years. I have enjoyed your blogs and have learned from them. May you continue to go from Strength to Strength

(45) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:20 PM

TODAH RABAH MISS YOU D'VORAH

(44) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:16 PM

Bshalom and thank you.

(43) Nitza, March 13, 2016 4:13 PM

I also cry often, this time too I"ll miss you!!

You are right tjeir is always a time for everything and what starts must end, bit for sure I was a fan of your videos and had always something to think about I will miss you, good luck on your next projects amd it was a pleasure meeting you!'

(42) Esther, March 13, 2016 4:10 PM

Very sad to see you go

True everything has to end, but somehow now in these troubled and puzzling times it's doubly sad to see you sign off! Your insights and comments were so valuable and through the provoking, I always looked forward to hearing what you had to say. Thank you for the efforts you put in and if you decide to reconsider that would surely gladden many people!

(41) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:04 PM

Thank you for all the weekly doses of inspiration. May you and your family have much continued nachas, bracha, and health .

(40) Adina Hershberg, March 13, 2016 3:54 PM

Rabbi Yaakov Salomon

Dear Rabbi Salomon,

I loved your honest intelligent, upbeat, thought-provoking and humorous videos. I wish you success in whatever path you take. I certainly hope that you will be a guest on Aish.com.

(39) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 3:53 PM

Thank you for your efforts to bring important topics to public awareness. Will definitely miss your frank to the point delivery! Wishing you and your wife good health, hatzlacha in all your endeavors. May we merit to greet Mashiach soon.

(38) Marion Gutman, March 13, 2016 3:44 PM

Thank you

Thank you for being real,funny,sensitive and always interesting.
Please be in touch with your fan club if possible.You will be missed.
Continued Hatzlacha and kol Tuv,
Marion Gutman

(37) Sheila Hecker, March 13, 2016 3:41 PM

Been there...done it!

So how will you use those 2 minutes every week?
You and Temi will always be a pert of my life and I pray that we will still be able to meet again........
With wonderful memories ....
Wishing you and your wonderful brood good health and many blessings
With love
Sheila

(36) Dina, March 13, 2016 3:37 PM

I WILL MISS YOU!

I so looked forward to your videoblogs with every AISH email! You always make so much sense! My email will be a little poorer with your departure - and so will AISH!

(35) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 3:33 PM

farewell

happy u didn't say goodbye as a child I learned from my father that we don't say goodbye so even when he died I said l'hitraot daddy...b'hatzlacha in all u do and thank you for all u do...

(34) Sandra Cain, March 13, 2016 3:30 PM

Rabbi Solomon - I do feel very sad and have tears - You have given me a lot.

You have given so much - the most important to me is the understanding and wisdom. I am not a practicing Jew, but my Soul is very Jewish.

(33) Mike, March 13, 2016 3:23 PM

Thank you

Dear Rabbi Salomon, I have been privileged to visit with you almost every week for more than 5 years. It has been a wonderful experience. You almost always leave me with "something to think about". May Hashem bless you ,your family, and all that you care about. Even with this last episode you have teased me with the thought of going down a new road before I need to ( I usually wait until I need to!). Hoping to see you again if you resume and purchase any new books that you may write. Again, thank you so much. Mike

(32) Mordechai Magence, March 13, 2016 3:19 PM

Yasher koach

Rabbi Salomon,
Thank you for many thought-provoking, instructive and useful insights over the years. Whatever the reasons for your decision, you are going out at the top of your game, still leaving me (and others, I'm sure) with "something to think about." Yasher koach and hatzlacha rabba.

(31) Miriam Grossman, March 13, 2016 3:15 PM

Thank you for every video blog. Say it isn't so...

Rabbi Salomon,
I have been watching your video blogs from the beginning and will certainly miss hearing from you.
During the last ten years you husband and I have grown from being affiliated with Conservative Judaism to becoming BT's. My husband and I relocated from Virginia, to Rockville, Maryland to be be part of the inspiring Aish HaTorah community. Two years ago we moved again, this time to the wonderful Jewish community of Baltimore to be closer to our family.
Throughout these years I have enjoyed your wise words touched with humor and challenge. I will always remember when you and many other Aish rabbis traveled with Rabbi Noach Weinberg zt'l to the sites of the Holocaust. Your commentaries during those days were filled with raw emotions which you openly shared with your viewers.
I have had the honor of meeting you at Aish conferences and have read your books.
May you continue to use your many talents to inspire people throughout the world.
May Hashem bless you and your family always.

(30) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 3:14 PM

I will miss your comments and wisdom.

Dear rabbi,
Your short videos were always spot on morally and intellectually. You also have a great deal of warmth, which is so important. I will miss you on Aish.com and hope that you will in fact come back - often!
Thank you so much.

(29) tzippy rosengarten, March 13, 2016 3:12 PM

Dear Rabbi, I will miss you. Sorry to see you go. May you continue to make people think and be able to enjoy your wonderful life. Bracha and Hatzlocha bchol maasecha.

(28) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 3:10 PM

i have learned so much from you. i wish you all the happiness you have given me.

(27) CB, March 13, 2016 3:10 PM

You will be missed

I will miss your words of wisdom, the thought provoking topics. Maybe we can now get 11 years of reruns?

(26) Reuven Frank, March 13, 2016 3:06 PM

That's NOT a good reason

I have enjoyed many of the Rav's vids, and commented on more than a few, and have certainly been given something to think about.
But,
"it's time to move on" is NOT a good reason. What would Rav Noach have said?
Did HE move on, or was he still teaching until his passing (too soon)?

I don't accept this and would like to be the first to start a "Return Salomon Says" campaign.
So far, there is one signatory, Me.
Let's see how many agree?

Sincerely,
-Reuven Frank

(25) Ronna Salinger, March 13, 2016 3:05 PM

Rabbi Salomon

Rabbi,

Sincere Thank You, for your Guidance over the years. Your words always a driving force.
No need to say so long, but rather, welcome to anew,

Todah Rabbah,
Ronna

(24) Sara Yoheved Rigler, March 13, 2016 3:04 PM

Shocked and sad

Thank you, Rabbi Salomon, for your wise perspective on current events. Living in Israel, often the only way I heard about the minor "headlines" of what was going on in America was through your video blog. Your profound and compassionate perspective will be sorely missed.

(23) Sara, March 13, 2016 3:01 PM

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your very inspiring blogs! I really enjoyed listening to them.

(22) Donna J. Young, March 13, 2016 2:58 PM

Goodbye, Rabbi Solomon

Goodbye, Rabbi Solomon! I wish you well in your new endevors. Thank you so much for all the video blogs. I converted to Judaism in 1995. It is the best thing I have done for myself and I have gained much wisdom from Aish.com and your blogs. You have definitely given me something to think about.

(21) Mily, March 13, 2016 2:56 PM

Thank u. I've learned a lot. G-D blees you with health thanks.

(20) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 2:54 PM

Thank You!

You will be missed. Thank you for what you have accomplished.
Liz
Phoenix AZ

(19) david frankel, March 13, 2016 2:41 PM

thank you rabbi will miss you

(18) Chaim Roberts, March 13, 2016 2:38 PM

I will miss your videos
they were short and to the point.
i've read your books - also interesting.

please don't stop - the world out there needs to be taught to think. Keep up your help to klal yisroel in whatever you do and may you have only hatslocho and brocho with health and happiness!

(17) Mordechai Shuali, March 13, 2016 2:37 PM

Oh wow! I did not know, well none of us knew, that when we made havdallah this week we were also separating from you and your thought provoking, thought providing, blogs. But as I heard from HaRav Shlomo Carlebach, former Mashgiach of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, havdallah is putting away, not sending away. Each week we put away our Shabbos experience in a safe, a vault, a royal treasury of sorts, from where we begin our next week and from where we continue to draw inspiration for our continued growth. So we have all the past blogs to cherish and from which we may continue to grow. But Shabbos comes every week, as did the blogs. We grow each week from Shabbos as we grew from the blogs, but they are to be no more. This is a great loss. I looked forward to them from week to week; often being the last thing I do Saturday night or the first thing Sunday morning. I shared them. I discussed them. Oy. This will be difficult indeed. Perhaps you will reconsider. Perhaps time appropriate reposts could be put up weekly or monthly. Perhaps archives could be made readily available. Perhaps a monthly blog of new material. Your loyal viewers will miss you. Those who were not will perhaps never know what they missed. B'hatzlachah.

(16) Allan F. Hyatt, March 13, 2016 2:35 PM

Sorry to see you go.

I'm sorry you are saying goodbye. I wish you well, and thank you for past posts.

(15) Karen, March 13, 2016 2:34 PM

Grateful

I'm grateful for your wisdom and advice. G-d bless.

(14) CTV Alumnus, March 13, 2016 2:33 PM

This is really a color war break-out?!?

(13) Ann, March 13, 2016 2:31 PM

Thank you. I feel that I have learned a great deal from the advise you gave and the insight you presented. Do visit us on AISH again

(12) Dvora K, March 13, 2016 2:28 PM

Thank you Yaakov.

Sunday was always something I looked forward to at Aish.com May we always meet at simchas Beyedidus Yonah's sister

(11) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 2:27 PM

thank you rabbi salomon!

for taking time and teaching us with patience and love with your videos. I have learned so much from your teachings, and have shared them with my family and friends,
wishing you only happiness, and hatzlocha on your decision.
a viewer from eretz yisroel.

(10) Kayla, March 13, 2016 2:25 PM

Thanks - you will be sorely missed

Thank you so very much, Rabbi Salomon for your wisdom, your insights, and for putting everything across with so much grace and, at times, with some wonderful humor. Your down-to-earth approach and understanding of people and their thoughts and problems have been so much appreciated. It won't be the same without you, but, at the same time, I salute you for knowing when to leave and go on. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. Be well and wishing you all the best always.

(9) Dawn Goldstein, March 13, 2016 2:21 PM

you'll be missed on Aish, but hopefully found elsewhere!

Thank you for your "says" over the years, I gained from (and agreed with) many of them, and hope to find your writings and presence in other places. Hatzlacha to you and your family, with appreciation for all you have given us, your viewers.

(8) Beth G, March 13, 2016 1:59 PM

Thank you Rabbi Solomon!!!

Your thoughts, example and lessons will echo in our hearts, souls, and mind, as you journey elsewhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your love, mindfulness, thoughtfulness, inspiration, and all the things to think about! Fortunately, we can always find you in the Aish archives!

(7) Lori Palatnik, March 13, 2016 1:30 PM

Like Seinfeld

Rabbi, you are like Seinfeld, going out on top. I will miss your blog, and the fun "competition" of who got the most views. You did pave the way for my blog and any good that that has come from it. Your voice will be missed, but I suggest, just like with Seinfeld, that we demand reruns!

(6) joseffa, March 13, 2016 1:06 PM

thank you

really enjoyed toy talkhope that all goes well for you

(5) John T Reynolds, March 13, 2016 12:43 PM

Thank you and so long for now

I have only been watching you for a relatively short time but I will certainly miss your comments and insight. Many of your comments have inspired me to be a better person. Still trying- but I'm getting there. Thank you again. You will be missed.
Shalom.

(4) Mike, March 13, 2016 11:45 AM

thank you very much Rabbi Solomon!

I joined "late" about a year ago watching your videos. Thank you so much for the wisdom that you shared and thank you for sharing your observations about events happening around the world and sharing your thoughts.
I hope to see you soon again on Aish, be it in a different video or in a Solomon says Blog special edition.
Thank you again very very much for everything!!!!

(3) Alan S., March 13, 2016 11:36 AM

I will truly miss your video blog.

I always looked forward to your weekly video. I hope you will continue to contribute to Aish.com in some capacity. Your voice needs to be heard. Your ideas need expression on this forum. Please continue to write. And may Hashem give you the strength to continue in all of your worthy endeavors.

(2) Lisa, March 13, 2016 11:29 AM

I'm feklemped!!

In this crazy world of hefkerness you were a stable, sound & intelligent voice. You were the first one I zoomed into every week on Aish.com. Articles are great however a live video where you can see facial expressions are priceless! We really need your stability, not your farewell! You helped us navigate our path in this ( sometimes) dark world! Thank you. You'll be missed!

(1) Carmin Rosenthal, March 13, 2016 11:18 AM

Shalom

Dear Rabbi...Thank you for the wisdom you shared.... I learned so very much...May G-D continue to bless you and your loved ones...Shalom.

 

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