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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.
Thursday, May 2, 2013

48 Ways to Acquire Torah: Do not have Pride in your Learning

The next of the 48 ways of acquiring Torah is don't have pride in your learning. This means that even if one learns a lot, it should not make you think you are so great! The purpose of learning Torah is to transform a person and change them, to envelop the learning into the person.

The goal is to learn from every person even if they have not learned that much. This also teaches a person humility as well. Even if one has learned so much Torah, the Mishna in Avos teaches us previously that one should not think they are so great if they learned Torah because that is what they were created to do in the first place!

Many people try and show off their knowledge and make others feel bad because of their lack of knowledge. It gives them a sense of accomplishment but in reality it puts a chip on their shoulder that is unhealthy.

Every person needs to be motivated to want to learn and review what they learn. Even if one is successful, still it may go to their head. On top of that, they could probably learn more and become even greater if this pride thing did not get in the way.

"Why review and learn more, when I have learned so much," one may think. "I am already doing so much, why exert myself more," they may think. This can ultimately make someone lazy and take shortcuts.  It could also cause them to look down on others as well.

Having too much pride in anything is never good, all the more in Torah because it can uproot a person's good character traits and cause a tremendous downfall!