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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, June 6, 2013

Parshas Korach: Even the Greatest People can make Mistakes

"Korach, son of Itzhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, spearted himself with Dahan and Aviram, sons of Eliab, and On, son of Peletch, the offspring of Reuven" (Numbers 16:1). The Midrash tells us that Korach was very intelligent and asks why he would start up and make trouble with Moshe and Aharon. In fact, he saw through Divine Inspiration, that the prophet Shmuel was destined to come from his lineage.

Rav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita in his work Ta'am V'Da'as asks that if Korach had Divine Inspiration  and he saw in the future who was destined to come from him, how could he come and give problems to Moshe and Aharon?

From here, Rav Sternbuch tells us is the power of how the heart can lead a person to go astray. After all, since Korach had the ability to have Divine Inspiration, his eyes seem to have led him astray and led him to become like a blind person. Not only that, but he thought he had the ability to disagree with Moshe and Aharon!

If we put this in further perspective, Korach saw the miracles in the desert, witnessed the plagues in Egypt and came out with Jewish people! By seeing such things, how could it be that he thought that Moshe and Aharon were abusing their power?

The answer is that he did not internalize the message of what happened in Egypt. Everything that happened there was done by G-d through Moshe and Aharon, not that they acted on their own in any which way.

Some commentaries tells us that a number of the plagues in Egypt were to strengthen the Jewish people in their belief in Divine Providence and faith in G-d. The miracles were to fortify this into the hearts of the Jewish people so it would be solidified when they went into the desert.

This is where is Korach made his mistake.  He didn't get the message and understand that G-d runs the world and makes His decisions the way He see fit. This is what we have to understand and put this in our hearts and live our lives this way!

Shabbat Shalom