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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 5, 2014

Parshas Behaloscha: Soldiers Serving Hashem

"Aharon did so; toward the face of the menorah he kindled its lamps, as Hashem had commanded Moshe" (Numbers 8:3).

Rashi explains that Aharon did not change anything in his spiritual growth. This means that he lived every day of his life growing in Torah and mitzvos. Rav Moshe Sternbuch Shlit"a explains in Taam V'Da'as that every person has ups and downs. A psychologist once told me that a person could go through more than 75 on an average day! The greatness of Aharon, Rav Sternbuch continues,  is that every day he lit the menorah he did it with great joy as he had done the previous day.

Not only that, but he was the only one that had the merit to do this on a daily basis. By doing so, he could have been conceited and thought he was was better than everyone else. Aharon was tremendously humble and didn't make a big deal about the fact that he was the only one to be able to do this!

We can also see Aharon's character trait of humility since the lighting of the menorah for all future generations could be lit by anyone, not just the kohen gadol. When the Jewish people were in the desert, he was the only to light the menorah but that did not preclude that in future generations it could be done by anyone else.

Even though this may have seem strange to him, he never asked or had any doubts about this showing his strong unbreakable faith in G-d. This did not change the way Aharon served G-d and continued to light the menorah as G-d had commanded.

This is emphasized by the story of when Rabbi Akiva Eiger z"l came to Warsaw and saw a huge crowd when he got there. He had no idea that the crowd was there to welcome him; that is the greatness of when a person truly has the character trait of humility.

By Aharon's conduct we see the importance of doing G-d's will even when we don't necessarily understand it 100%. We have to do our best to keep G-d's law and serve Him like we would in the army. Just like we take orders from our superiors and don't question them, so too we live by the Torah without questioning it!

Shabbat Shalom