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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, July 18, 2013

Parshas Ve'eschanan: Never Give up Hope

"I implored Hashem at that time, saying 'My L-rd Hashem Elokim, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand for what power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Yoru deeds and according to Your mighty acts" (Deuteronomy 3:23, 24)

Rav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita in Ta'am  V'Da'as brings a Midrash that asks, 'What does the word 'Saying here  mean?'It is a teaching for all the generations that a person should pray at a time of danger or difficulty. Even when Moshe was told that he would not cross over the Jordan (into the land of Israel), he began to pray and pray and pray until G-d told him to stop.

We learn from this Rav Sternbuch tells us that a person should never give up hope from G-d's compassion. Even if we are not answered the first time, we should continue to beseech him with prayer. As Moshe himself beseeched G-d over and over again to enter the promised land, he never gave up and continued to try and have G-d answer his prayer. Even if he would not be granted the good judgment, maybe G-d would have compassion upon him and answer his prayer.

Even though that G-d told him that he did not want him to pray for this anymore, for us, G-d desires the prayer of the Jewish people even to the point where it would worry us and cause us fear. After all, if |G-d hasn't answered us, why should we continue to ask for this desire. In the end, we could anger G-d!! We are thereby obligated to use all of our strength to pray as much as possible for our needs in order to invoke G-d's compassion.

Moshe's desire to enter the land were pure in that he wanted to be with them there so they could be obligated in the mitzvos that are dependent on the land. This was through tremendous work on the part of Moshe to be able to continue and elevate the Jewish people when they get to Israel.  He therefore wanted to try and nullify G-d's decree for the benefit of the Jewish people.

This is a true lesson that no matter what difficulties we have in our lives, we should continue to pray that G-d should take them away from us. Even if we are not answered the first time, second time or 100th time, G-d desires the prayers of the Jewish people!!

Shabbat Shalom