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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.
Thursday, April 29, 2010


Larry said...

There are two different schools of thought regarding Moshiach. So my question is what is the correct one........is it that we stay in Guelahs and hear the shofar then Moshiach will come and take us home (Eretz Yisrael)? Or is it that we go home first? So is Hashem waiting for us or are we waiting for him?

Rabbi Coffman responds: Great question! Which one is right, probably both. How so? According to one opinion, we shouldn't try and do anything to hasten Moshiach's coming. In other words, that is G-d's department, and when He feels that the time is right, then the Moshiach will come. Who are we to interfere.

On the other hand, there is an opinion that our actions will either make or break Moshiach coming. That means, if we do what we are supposed to do in our service to G-d then all will be well and nothing bad will happen as Moshiach will come. If not, then G-d will put up a king like Haman, and scare the wits out of the Jews to have them repent and Moshiach will come that way.

In either case, the question is shouldn't I just come to Israel. The answer is it depends on the situation. The Gemera tells us that Eretz Yisrael is only acquired with great difficulty. That means that even if one wants to go there, it certainly does not mean it will be easy. At the same time, there is no greater spiritual place to be in the world.

It is a tricky question that needs to be dealt with further