Berel Solomon was born and raised in Montreal, Canada in a secular home. In school, he got involved with drugs and eventually started dealing them. After getting jumped and violently beat up, he turned to the nightclub business. Although Solomon found a great deal of success organizing parties, he felt there was still something missing from his life.
That’s when he started getting involved in all different kinds of religions and faiths, to the point where he was begging his parents to go to a Buddhist Ashram. Instead, they encouraged him to talk to the Rabbi, and that’s when his life was completely turned around.
Upon rediscovering his Judaism, Solomon found what had been with him all along, yet he had been looking for his entire life: Hashem. Soon after he went to Yeshiva in Israel and came back a changed man as he fully embraced orthodox Judaism. Recently, he gave a talk about his experiences and life story at the 2022 INTL Shabbaton. These are my top eight takeaways from that discussion.
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