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Rabbi Chaim Coffman
Rabbi Coffman has helped people from all across the spectrum to prepare themselves properly for Orthodox Conversion to Judaism. His students admire his vast knowledge and appreciate his warm, personal attention and endearing sense of humor.
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Welcome to Rabbi Chaim Coffman's Blog!

I would like to thank you for visiting my blog, Beyond Orthodox Conversion to Judaism.

The conversion process can be a lengthy and daunting one to say the least and I want you to know that I am here to help you through it.

I have been teaching newcomers to Judaism for over a decade and over the last few years I have seen that conversion candidates really lack the support and knowledge they need to navigate the conversion process and successfully integrate into the Orthodox Jewish community.

I created my mentorship program in order to help make this whole experience as smooth and as painless as possible! (Can't do much about the growing pains, though ;)

Feel free to get to know me a little through the posts on my blog and visit the mentorship and syllabus page if you are interested in possible joining us.

I sincerely wish you all the best in your search for truth and spiritual growth.

Looking forward to meeting you,
Chaim Coffman

My Rebbe, Rav Moshe Sternbuch

In case you were wondering why I have all of these articles written by Rav Moshe Sternbuch, he is my Rebbe, and one of the gedolei hador (greatest Rabbis of our generation).

Rav Sternbuch fully endorses me and supports my mentorship program.

He is the address for all of my halachic or hashkafic (practical and philosophical) questions that I or my students may have.

The articles are based on his weekly talks on the Torah portion that the Rav gives in Jerusalem in his kollel. As a member of the kollel I get first dibbs on the photocopies and I type them up for my blog so you can all benefit from the Rav's erudition and insight.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The after Pesach Blues

Hope everyone had an amazing Pesach! Pesach is the time of year that we have the ability to tap into G-d's reservoir of special Hashgacha Pratis (Divine Providence). The seder night has the ability to transform us into the believers that we should be, bringing G-d into our lives and telling over the miracles to our children and family.

AS the month of Nisan comes to a close, we are reminded of how much work we still have to do. Many start the custom of refraining from listening to music or getting haircuts from just after Pesach. We are in mourning over the deaths of the students of Rabbi Akiva because they did not show honor one to another.

If the students of Rabbi Akiva were punished so severely because they did not show proper respect towards each other, what does that say about us and how much we have to raise ourselves against the pettiness that we find ourselves surrounded by.

There is also the custom during this time to learn the 48 kinyanim of Torah that the Mishnah in the Sixth Chapter of Pirke Avos talks about. Some learn one each day and think about it a little bit to see how we can exemplify that character trait and try and incorporate it into our lives.

These 48 kinyanim lead us to the holiday of Shavuos, the day that we accepted the Torah from G-d.

May we use these days properly and inspire ourselves to reach the potential that G-d has given to each of us


Anonymous said...

You are right about "The seder night has the ability to transform us into the believers that we should be, bringing G-d into our lives and telling over the miracles to our children and family."
Even though we are still in conversion process, but it gives us more inpsiration to be Jews......to be a part of the Jewish nation is huge for us. I can see why we have Pesach, to help us reach a higher level in hearing all the miracles. Thanks

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