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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.
Monday, April 8, 2013

The 48 Ways to Acquire Torah - Deliberation

The next of the 48 ways to acquire Torah is deliberation. This means that when one is asked a question, one should think deeply about it and analyze it from all directions so one doesn't answer too quickly and give an answer that is not correct. Not only that, if one does not learn with consternation and  deepness to try and understand the subject at hand, one will not have full clarity in what they are learning.

Many times a person may think when they are asked a question, they are obligated to give an answer straightaway to show how much we know and understand about the world. This just shows our hubris to think we may know more than we actually do.

Here the Mishna tells us to wait, think about it and then answer. That shows our patience and our ability to reason and give a thought out researched answer. This does not make the person weak because he doesn't answer right away, it shows that they want to have a complete answer that is properly investigated.