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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.
Saturday, April 20, 2013

The 48 ways to acquire Torah Knowing your place

The next of the 48 ways to acquire Torah is knowing your place. This means that a person has know who he is in realistic terms and how they fit into the greater scheme of things. Knowing who you are has to be honest, not thinking that you are better than you are or on a higher level than you really are.

One of the most important thing a person can do is look in the mirror at least once a day and think about what they did, what they thought about...This leads a person to really know who they are, not just others building them to be something that they are not.

When it comes to scholarship, a person also has to know when to pass something on to someone else if they cannot answer. This means rather say I don't know and pass it on than think that you know more than you do. This is not an easy thing to do especially when a person's ego gets involved. 

This is why it is so important to have a rebbe, mentor so a person knows who to go to when they don't know what to do. This is vital in a person's development in anything that they do. They need to know that they are not alone, but there are others that can help you.

Each person has their own talents and personality and are given a specific purpose in this world that only they can do. Others can help along the way but the reality is that others can't fulfill your purpose in this world, but can help guide and help you when you are troubled.

This character trait shows that we can go to others when we are stuck. That is the ultimate in humility where one realizes how far they can go and what their limitations are.