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/


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...

Miriam's Faith

Shemos, 2:4: “His sister stood (titatsev) at a distance to know what would be done with...

With My Sword and My Arrow

Bereishis, 48:22: “And as for me, I have given you Shechem – one portion more than...

Yosef's Self-Control

Vayigash, 45:1: “Now Yosef could not restrain himself in the presence of all who stood...

The Brothers' Path to Repentance

Bereishit, 42:21-22: “They then said to one another, ‘Indeed we are guilty concerning...

Yosef's Youthfulness

Bereishit, 37:2: “These are the offspring of Yaakov, Yosef was seventeen years, he was...

Guarding the Commandments

Upon his return to the land of Israel, Yaakov sends a peace-making message to his hostile brother,...

Yaakov's Willpower

Bereishit, 29:10: “And it was, when Yaakov saw Rachel, daughter of Lavan, his mother’s...

The Value of Mitzvot

Esav’s sale of the rights of the first-born (bechorah) to Yaakov1 is one of the most...

The Key to Great Relationships

Avraham’s loyal servant, Eliezer, arrives in Aram Naharaim in search of a wife for Yitzchak....

The Key to a Happy Marriage

Bereishit, 18:9: “And they said to him ‘where is Sarah your wife?’ And he said,...

Avraham's Second Test1

“There was a famine in the land, and Abram descended to Egypt to sojourn there, for the...

Noah and Moses

Bereishit Rabbah, 36:3: R’Berachia says, Moshe is more beloved than Noach: Noach, [went...

Torah: The Guide to Life

Bereishit, 1:26: “And God said, let Us make man in our Image and our...

The Song of Torah

Devarim, 31:19: “And now write for yourselves this song, and teach it to the Children of...

King David: Four Relevant Takeaways for Today

As Yom Kippur approaches, here are inspiring lessons from this seminal figure.

The Torah Is Very Near to Us

“For this commandment that I command you today, it is not hidden from you and it is not...

Serving God with Joy

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

Torah Learning and Repentance

The Torah outlines the tragic case of the ben sorer u’moreh, the rebellious son, who is...

The Pillar and the Altar

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

The ‘Kosher’ Signs

The Torah outlines the two signs required for kosher animals – chewing the cud and having...

Parenting and Control

Devarim, 11:19: “And you will teach them to your children to speak about them, in your...

Anticipating Shabbat

The Torah repeats the Ten Commandments in Parshas Va’etchanan, but with some significant...

Joshua: The Model Student

Devarim,1:38: Yehoshua, who stands before you he will come there, you should strengthen him,...

Learning from the Past

Bamidbar, 33:1: “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel, who went forth from the...

The DIfference Between Shimon and Levi

The Portion begins with the account of Pinchas’ act of zealotry of killing Zimri and Kozbi....

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