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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 6, 2013

The 48 Ways to Acquire Torah: Learning from your Students

The next of the 48 ways to acquire Torah is through learning from your students. The Gemara tells us that we learn the most from our students since they are ones that will challenge us the most by what we teach them. The reason is because when a teacher gives a class, the purpose is to make sure the students understand what is being taught. The teacher will learn as well from the questions his students ask and will make him sharper and more prepared.

Another reason that the questions the students ask increases the knowledge of the teacher is because the questions can lead to other things that flush out the material at hand. This leads to an extrapolation which can shed light to other subjects as well.

This idea is not limited to just learning Torah but to any other subject as well. If the student asks good questions, it will make the teacher work harder and more will be learned. Students need to grasp the material but it is through their questions and insights on the material that helps it be better understood.