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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 17, 2013

The 48 Ways to Acquire Torah: Faith in the Rabbis

The next of the 48 ways to acquire Torah is faith in the rabbis. The rabbis of every generation are the ones who teach and  pass on this precious Torah, our priceless heritage. They spend their days learning, teaching and inspiring others.

These are the people that we go to for advice and how to maximize our potential. Just like their are specialists in the world of medicine, so too there are specialists in the world of Torah. These Torah specialists are the rabbis who deal with everyday issues of the purpose of life and live the reality of the teachings that they are teaching.

The rabbis seem to have a six sense on so many different issues because they have spent a lifetime of working on their spiritual selves. Torah knowledge makes someone wise through learning but the effect it has on a person is unimaginable.

How do we know, that they are the real deal? Just like anything else, if you need an expert on a certain thing, you would do your utmost to find that person that has the proper credentials. If it was a medical issue, then you would do your utmost to find the best qualified doctor to help you.

Spiritual health is no different. If one needs advice, they should go to the best person qualified. A person can only choose a rabbi to learn from if he is like an angel in your eyes. They have to live by the highest standards and be able to live what they preach.