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 fifth book. His new book delves deeply into the characters of great kings such as David, Shlomo, Chizkiyahu, and Yoshiyahu and those of the most maligned of kings, such as Yeravam, Achav, and Menashe, focusing on the most significant aspects unique to each king. Its readers will develop a whole new understanding of the kings of Israel and the overall institution of the kingship of Israel. Click here to order: https://www.feldheim.com/king-david-and-the-kings-of-israel

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


Judaism and Kindness

Shemot, 19:3: “Moshe ascended to God and Hashem called out to him from the...

Why Did the Sea Split?

Psalms, 114, 1-3: “In Yisrael’s leaving of Egypt, the house of Yaakov from a people of...

The Pascal Offering and the Sale of Joseph

Shemos, 12:21-23: “And Moshe called to all the Elders of Israel and said to them,...

Seeing Righteous People

The Parsha devotes a number of verses outlining the genealogy of the first three sons of Yaakov;...

Sharing the Pain of the Community

Shemot, 2:11: “It happened in those days that Moshe grew up and went out to his brothers and...

A True Understanding of Blessings

Bereishis, 48:17-19: “Yosef saw that his father was placing his right hand on...

The Relationship Between Yehuda and Binyamin

Much of the focus in Vayigash is the confrontation between Yehuda and Yosef and the relationship...

Forgiving Shimon

Bereishis, 42:24: “And he turned away from them and he wept; he returned to them and he...

The Rashbam’s Interpretation of the Sale of Yosef

Bereishit, 37:23-28: “And it was when Yosef came to his brothers, and they stripped Yosef of...

Being Alone

Bereishis, 32:19 “And Yaakov remained alone and a man wrestled with him until the break of...

The Consequences of Deceit

Bereishit, 29:25: “And it was in the morning, behold it was Leah…!” Bereishit...

Blessings and Deceit

One of the most perplexing episodes in the whole Torah is Yitzchak’s blessing. There are...

The Deeper Connection Between Sarah and Esther

Bereishis, 23:1: “And the life of Sarah was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven...

Helping Others Helps Oneself

Bereishis, 18:17-19: “And God said, ‘Shall I hide from Avraham what I am doing? And...

Lot's Spiritual Downfall

Bereishis, 13:14: “And Hashem spoke to Avraham after Lot parted company from...

The Invention of ‘Retirement’

Bereishis, 9:10: “Noach, the man of the earth, debased himself and planted a...

The Two Voices in the Garden

Bereishit, 3:1: “And the snake was more cunning than all the animals of the field that...

Positive Influence

Devarim, 33:6-7: “May Reuven live and not die, and may his population be included in the...

History Through a Torah Lens

Devarim, 32:7: “Remember the days of old; understand the changes of each generation; ask...

Bringing the Children

Devarim, 31:12: “Gather together the people – the men, the women and the small...

Repentance from Joy

Devarim, 30:1-2: “And it will be when all these things come upon you – the blessing...

Happiness and Love of God

Devarim, 28:47: “Since you did not serve Hashem, your God, with joy and goodness of heart,...

Avoiding Tests

Devarim, 21:10-11: “When you will go out to war against your enemies, and Hashem, your God...

Belief without Action

Devarim, 16:22: “You shall not set up any pillar, which Hashem, your God hates”. The...

Charity and Self-Respect

Devarim, 15:7-8: “When there will be among you a destitute person from one of your brothers...

Two Aspects of Kindness

Devarim, 10:12: “And now, Israel, what does Hashem, your God ask of you, except to fear...

The Mezuzah and the Home

One of the many fundamental mitzvot that are taught in this week's Torah portion is the mezuzah....

Small Things that are Big

Devarim, 1:16: “I instructed your judges at that time, saying, ‘listen among your...

The Rashness of the Tribes of Gad and Reuven

In this week’s Torah Portion, the Tribes of Gad approach Moshe, asking that he allow them to...

The Daughters of Tzlafchad

Bamidbar, 27:1,3: “And the daughters of Tzlafchad son of Gilad son of Machir son of Menashe...

Avraham and Bilaam: Total Opposites

Pirkei Avot, 5:19: Anyone who has in his hands these three things, is from the students of Avraham...

The Sale of Yosef and the Spies

Bereishis, 42:9: “Yosef recalled the dreams that he had dreamt about them, so he said to...

The Danger of "Constructive" Lashon Hara

This week's Torah portion ends with the account of how Miriam spoke lashon hara about Moshe and...

Stepping out of Oneself

Bamidbar, 6:13: “This is the law of the Nazir: On the day his status as a nazir is completed...

Interest and Resurrection

Vayikra, 25:35-36: “And when your brother becomes downfallen, and he stretches out his hand...

The Showbread

Vayikra, 24:10: The son of an Israelite woman went out – and he was the son of an Egyptian...

Waiting Three Years

“When you come to the land and plant any food tree, you shall treat its fruit as orlah; for...

Seeing One’s Own Flaws

In Tazria, the Torah outlines the process for diagnosing and purifying a person afflicted with the...

The Importance of Preparation

At the end of the previous Torah Portion of Tzav, Aaron and his sons were commanded to remain at...

Insights in Rashi– The Battle with the ‘Old, Stupid King'

Vayikra, 6:2: “Command Aaron and his sons, saying; This is the law of the elevation...

The Leader's Repentance

Vayikra, 4:22: When a ruler sins, and commits one from among all the commandments of Hashem, his...

Learning About Shabbat

Shemos, 35:1-2: “And Moshe gathered all the assembly of the Children of Israel, and he said...

The Extra Soul of Shabbat

In this week’s Torah Portion, God again instructs the Jewish people in the Mitzvot of...

The Missing Name

Shemos, 27:20: “And you will command the Children of Israel that they will take for you pure...

The Tabernacle and the Flags

The Torah portion outlines the building of the Tabernacle. Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky makes a...

Understanding Torah

Shemot, 21:1: “And these are the laws that you will place before them.” Rashi, Shemot,...

Criticism the Right Way

Rashi, 18:1, Dh: And Yitro heard: “…His name was also Yeter, because he added one...

Praying in Desperation

Shemos, 14:10-11: “Pharaoh approached; the Children of Israel raised their eyes and behold...

The Three Plans of Leaving Egypt

Shemot, 9:13-14: “And God said to Moshe, get up in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, and...

Seeing the Righteous

The Torah Portion devotes a number of verses outlining the genealogy of the first three sons of...

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