About the Author


Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen

Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen is a close student of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits and a senior member of the Jerusalem Kollel.  Rabbi Gefen’s has spent over 12 years of intensive Torah and Talmudic study at Aish HaTorah and the Jerusalem Kollel, and has a degree in history and politics from the University of Birmingham, UK. Rabbi Gefen has written numerous articles for Hamodia and other publications. His writing inspires people across the spectrum of Jewish observance to live with the vibrancy and beauty of Torah.

Rabbi Gefen has recently published his second book, A Light in Time, a compilation of essays on the Jewish festivals and life cycle. Rabbi Gefen’s successful first book, The Guiding Light, a compilation of essays on the weekly Torah portion.

Visit Rabbi Gefen's site at http://rabbiygefen.blogspot.com/


Making the Most of Our Strengths

“An Ammonite and Moabite shall not enter the congregation of God, even their tenth...

Our Influence On Others

"Who is the man who is fearful and faint-hearted? Let him go and return to his house, and let...

Giving With a Smile

The Torah portion discusses the mitzvah of charity and promises a special blessing to one who...

Clinging to the Wise Man

In this week's Portion, the Torah commands the people to go in the ways of God and to "cling...

The Two Tablets

The Torah Portion contains a repetition of the Ten Commandments, with a few minor changes. The...

The Connection Between Calmness and Trust in God

The Torah Portion begins with Moses rebuking the Jewish people for the various sins that they...

The Torah's Definition of Chesed

Towards the end of the Torah portion, the Torah speaks at length about the cities of refuge; areas...

The Value of Life

One of the main incidents in this week's Torah portion is the war between the Jewish people and...

Shimon and Levi

The Torah portion begins with God rewarding Pinchas greatly for his act of zealousness in killing...

Living For God

The Sages tell us that Bilaam had incredible powers of prophecy which in some ways were even...

The 'Reasons' For the Commandments

The Torah portion begins "this is the statute (chok) of the Torah" and proceeds to...

Making Peace

The Torah portion of Korach describes the most famous dispute in the Torah, in which Korach and...

Praying Against the Evil Inclination

The incident of the spies is one of the most well-known stories in the Torah and there is much...

Humility - The Key to Greatness

In the end of the Torah portion God describes Moses as the most humble man upon the face of the...

The Freedom of Torah

The Torah portion discusses the mitzvah of 'Nezirus', whereby a person takes a vow to abstain from...

The "Sons" of Moses

In its account of the genealogy of the tribes of Israel, the Torah outlines the offspring of Moses...

The Greatness of Innovation

In the midst of the devastating rebuke, God comforts us, saying: "And I will remember My...

Preventative Action

"If your brother becomes impoverished and his means falter in your proximity, you shall...

Understanding the Omer

What is the meaning behind counting the day between Passover and Shavuot?

Understanding the True Meaning of 'Chesed'

In the latter part of the Parsha the Torah enumerates the various forbidden relationships and...

Negative Surroundings

Before detailing the list of forbidden relationships the Torah instructs us: "Do not perform...

A New Start

We can always put our past behind us.

Purifying Our Speech

The Torah Portion of Tazria discusses at length the spiritual malaise of tzoraas whereby a person...

Who Comes First

Among the list of non-kosher birds in Parshas Shemini is the interestingly named 'Chasida'. Rashi...

The Temptations of Money

"And God said to Moses, saying; Command (tzav) Aaron and his sons, to say; this is the Law of...

Gift Offerings

The Book of Vayikra focuses to a significant degree on the various sacrifices (korbanos) (1) that...

Spiritual Effort

After the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was completed, the workmen could not erect it...

Shabbos

The Parsha begins with an exhortation to observe Shabbos: "For six days work will be done and...

The Punishment Due To the Golden Calf

The sin of the Golden Calf is one of the most difficult episodes in the Torah. There is much...

The Robe and the Incense

"You shall make the Robe of the Ephod entirely of turquoise wool.... You shall make on its...

Overcoming Laziness

The Torah portion begins with God instructing Moses to tell the people to bring the raw materials...

Truth and Falsehood

TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD (1) "Distance yourself from falsehood.(2)" It is well known that...

Listen Up

One of the striking features of Parshas Yisro is the juxtaposition of the portion about...

Persistence

The Torah tells us that when the Jewish people were preparing to leave Egypt, Moses was involved...

Thinking

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Ten Plagues was the persistent refusal of Pharaoh to...

Moshe Rabbeinu and Pharaoh

Moshe Rabbeinu and Pharaoh

Giving for the Sake of Giving

"God benefited the midwives - and the people increased and became very strong. And it was...

Achieving the Right Balance

The book of Genesis culminates with the eternal blessings that Jacob bestowed on his sons. Each...

Joseph's Proof

"They went up from Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. And they told...

Serving Man or God

The Torah portion begins with Joseph's interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams and his subsequent rise...

Stepping Out of Our Own World

Towards the end of the parsha, Joseph finds himself in a hopeless situation, having been in prison...

Education Through Encouragement

This week's Torah portion ends with an account of the genealogy of Esau. In the midst of this we...

The Desire For Greatness

Rachel and the burning desire for spiritual growth.

The Role of Isaac

The Torah devotes several entire Torah portions to the lives of Abraham and Jacob. In contrast,...

Kindness With Wisdom

The best acts of kindness aren’t random. They stem from understanding what the situation requires.

Using the Good for Good

The Torah portion begins with the story of Abraham's incredible kindness with the three angels....

Out Of This World

"And God said to Abraham, go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your...

Noach and Avraham

Why Abraham was greater than Noah.

The Development of Civilization

After Cain's heinous act of murdering his brother Abel, God decreed upon him to be a wanderer...

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