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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 30, 2013

The 48 Ways to Acquire Torah: Loving Justice

The next of the 48 ways is loving justice. This means that I try and do the right thing and stay away from anything that is crooked or deceitful. Even if people wouldn't necessarily catch a person on it, they don't want to be part of it at all!

There are times in a person's life that we may be searching for loopholes. Even if the loophole is permissible according to the letter of the law, is it something that I should partake in even if the likelihood of any repercussions for that action is negligible.

That is what this character trait teaches us. In that situation, a person should navigate a straight and honest path whereby there is no one that can have anything bad to say about them. This is not an easy thing because there are probably many people that do not care about and will rely on the particular loophole.

Loving justice allows one the ability to judge someone favorably as well. If someone is involved in a court case, for instance, and their name has been splashed all over the news, it is very hard to look at that person objectively. Justice is something that we look at as something positive.

Unfortunately no one wants to have to go through a trial and all the trouble that it entails. At the same time, justice is required to keep the world in check and let it function.

We should pray that G-d gives the wisdom to his judges that they are able to judge with fairness and righteousness.