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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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

48 Ways to Acquire Torah - A Good Heart

The next of the 48 ways of acquiring Torah is a good heart. The Rambam tells us that to develop one's good character one  needs to have a good heart which includes all good character traits.  A good heart includes doing things that have purpose. The reason is that the individual will think of what he is doing, what its purpose is and how it will affect others.

Another thing included in this is that a person has a tremendous amount of patience and he distances himself from anger. Certainly not an easy feat to accomplish but with that type of mentality, they will inevitably help others and give of themselves without getting anything in return.

Their positive outlook on life is also something that others see and will want to emulate. People like this smile a lot, always willing to give a helping hand and not complaining and see the goodness that we all have. Haven't we come in contact with enough people who only see the glass half full?

This positiveness is healthy for the body as well and helps motivate people to accomplish goals. Even if they fall short, they continue to be positive and dedicate themselves even more for their own success. They often look out for others before themselves and are selfless.

A good heart turns people into leaders of their communities because they are always doing for others, always trying to help out any given situation. They live life to the fullest and appreciate what they have. After all, living in a chaotic world can certainly make one depressed. The question is how we look at these events and how they help build us to reach the true potential that we can.