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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 27, 2013

The 48 Ways to Acquire Torah: Loving Righteousness

The next of the 48 ways to acquire Torah is loving righteousness. This means understanding our obligations and fulfilling them. The question really is how do we look at obligations, are they good for us or not?

Obligations are not easy because they require hard work. At the same time, they give a person structure and gives a person a sense of importance and pride. They can help us in our everyday life and show us the importance of giving to others and helping them.

Sometimes things that we are obligated to do aren't fun. Who likes to clean their room or take out the garbage anyway. Each one of can pitch in and help which then things get done and make the home function in a more orderly fashion.

Wouldn't it be fun just to do what we want and not worry about what I have to do. If I do it because of my own free will then I will enjoy what I do much better. The answer is that even if I have to do things because I am obligated teaches us a fundamental lesson.

Just because I have to do something I don't enjoy builds character, isn't that what we are told! Yes and no. In reality, doing something I don't like or rubs me the wrong way helps me overcome it and give to someone else. This builds a relationship between people and helps us go beyond our normal comfort zone.

At the same time, I may come to resent it but really I should look at it as a time to grow and do things I don't necessarily like to do. Don't resent it, thrive in the situation and overcome your desire to do what you want.  This will help a person's soul tremendously and help us reach our true potential!