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/


Around Midnight: Avoiding Desecrating God's Name

"And Moshe said, 'so said God at about midnight I shall go out in the midst of Egypt. Every...

Nothing "Bad" Happens

"And Moshe returned to God and he said, 'My Master, why have You done evil to this...

Yosef and the Burning Bush

One of the most famous incidents in the Torah is that of the Burning Bush, where an Angel appears...

Insights in Rashi: Zevulun's Reward

Zevulun shall settle by seashores. He shall be at the ship's harbor, and his last border will...

Dealing with Suffering

"Pharaoh said to Yaakov, 'How many are the days of the years of your life?" Yaakov...

Sorcery and Lucky Charms

Yosef, in the guise of the Viceroy of Egypt, sends back his brothers and commands his son to hide...

Yosef and Yeravam

After Yosef told the brothers about his dreams, they recognized that the dreams indicated that he...

Esav's Adaptable Angel

It's hard to know your enemy.

The Sign of Redemption

And behold! Hashem was standing over him, and He said, "I am Hashem, God of Abraham your...

Esav's Potential

"And the children crushed within her..." (Bereishit, 25:22) And [the children]...

Making Every Day Count

"Sarah's lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah's...

The Curiosity of Lot's Wife

"He overturned these cities and the entire plain, with all the inhabitants of the cities and...

The Era of Torah

"Abram took his wife Sarai and Lot, his brother's son, and all their wealth that they had...

Terach: Completing the Journey

The Torah makes a fleeting mention of Terach in this week's Torah portion. He is most well-known...

Knowing God

There is a huge difference between intellectually knowing that there is a Creator and actually living with that realization on a constant basis.

The Haggadah: The Instruction Manual of Gratitude

There are numerous lessons that can be derived from the Hagaddah. One of them is brought out by...

The Value of the Tabernacle

"These are the reckonings of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of Testimony, which was reckoned...

Purim: Keeping Hope

The Gemara tells us that the terrible decree to destroy the Jewish people was a punishment for...

Tu B'Shvat: Appreciating God's World

The first Mishna in the tractate Rosh Hashana informs us of various 'new years'. These are times...

Pharaoh's Daughter: The Rebel

One of the heroic figures who briefly appears in the Torah is Batya, the daughter of Pharaoh. Her...

The Connection Between Shechem, Joseph, Zimri and Korach

Bereishis, 49:5-6: "Simeon and Levi are comrades; their weaponry is a stolen craft. Into...

Judah – Taking Responsibility

Greatness comes to those who embrace responsibility.

Spiritual Kindness

Bereishis, 41:55: "When all the land of Egypt hungered, the people cried out to Pharaoh for...

Tamar and Potiphar's Wife: Making Good Intentions Last

In Vayeshev, the Torah juxtaposes two seemingly unconnected stories. The first is the incident...

Timna and Amalek: The Rejects

The nation of Amalek is well-known as the epitome of evil and enmity towards the Jewish people....

Jacob - The Man of Truth

Jacob is known as being the pillar of Emet, truth, as it states in the Book of Micah, "give...

The Source of Blessing

When famine strikes the Land of Israel, Isaac plans to go to Egypt. However, God instructs him to...

Ephron - Acting on Impulse

In Chayei Sarah we are briefly introduced to the character known as Ephron. His sole 'merit' in...

Yishmael: The Wrong Type of Chesed

A significant character in these Torah Portions is Ishmael, Abraham's eldest son. Understanding...

Responding to Difficulty

One of the supporting characters in the Torah portions of Lech Lecha and Vayeira is Hagar,...

Never Give Up on Any Jew

Towards the end of Haazinu, Moses exhorts the people: “…Apply your hearts to all the...

All Jews Are Bound Up With Each Other

Devarim, 29:28: The hidden things are for Hashem, our God, but the revealed things are for us and...

The Torah of the Levites

Devarim, 29:1-3: Moshe summoned all of Israel and said to them, "You have seen everything...

The Coldness of Amalek

Devarim, 25:17: Remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you were leaving Egypt. That he...

The Value of Life

Devarim, 21:1: If a corpse will be found on the Land that Hashem your God, gives you to possess it...

Making the Effort

Devarim, 13:7-10: If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter, or the...

Using the Good Inclination for the Good

Devarim, 6:5: "You shall love HaShem, your God, with all our heart, with all your soul, and...

Perfecting Our Perspective

Bamidbar, 22:16-18: They came to Bilaam and said him, "So said Balak son of Tsipoor, 'Please...

The Importance of Forgiveness

Bamidbar, 21:4-7: They journeyed from Mount Hor by way of the Sea of Reeds to go around the land...

The Sin of Korach's Assembly

Bamidbar, 16:5-7: He [Moses] spoke to Korach and to his entire assembly, saying, 'In the morning,...

Calev - A Different Spirit

Of the 12 spies sent to explore the land of Israel, only Joshua and Calev remained loyal to the...

Raising Our Trust

Vayikra, 26:3: If you will follow My decrees and observe my Commandments and perform...

The Added Importance of Keeping Kosher

Vayikra, 11:44-45: "For I am HaShem your God - you shall sanctify yourselves and you will be...

Parshas Zachor

Throughout history, many nations have tried to destroy the Jewish people. However, we are...

Effort vs. Results

Vayikra, 2:1: "When a soul (nefesh) offers a meal-offering to HaShem, his offering shall be...

The Positive Aspect of the Churban

Shemos, 38:22: These are the reckonings of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of Testimony, which were...

Atonement for the Sale of Joesph

"This shall they give - everyone who passes through the census - a half shekel of the sacred...

Fulfilling Our Potential

How to bring out your hidden talents.

Going Beyond the Boundaries

Shemos, 32:6: They arose early the next day and offered up elevation offerings and brought peace...

Making the Effort

Shemos, 25:31: "You shall make a Menorah of pure gold, hammered out shall the Menorah be...

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