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/


"Carrying Sinners"

After the terrible sin of the Golden Calf (Chet Ha'egel) Moses pleads greatly for God to forgive...

Pure Beginnings

The Torah Portion begins with God's instructions to Moses with regard to the people who would make...

Pure Intent

The Torah Portion describes the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the various vessels that were to serve in...

Insights in Rashi - Moshe and Yehoshua

And Moshe stood up with Yehoshua, his servant, and Moshe ascended to the Mountain of God. (Shemot...

Shabbat and Honoring One's Parents

The highlight of this week's Torah Portion is the Ten Commandments. The fourth mitzvah is to...

Taking Responsibility

The splitting of the See of Reeds (known as kriat Yam Suf) is one of the seminal events in Jewish...

Long-Term Consequences

The Torah Portion sees the culmination of the ten plagues which devastated Egypt. The Rabbis tell...

Learning Responsibility From the Frogs

After the first plague of blood, Moses warned Pharaoh that if he continue to refuse Moses' request...

Miriam - The Life Giver

In her merit the miraculous supply of water sustained the wandering Jews.

Surpassing Our Potential

Why do we bless our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe?

Reunions

Vayigash is characterized by a number of dramatic reunions between Joseph and his family. It is...

Yosef's Greatness

The Torah portion begins with the account of Joseph's dramatic elevation from servitude in the...

Making Good Intentions Last

This week's Torah portion juxtaposes two seemingly unconnected stories - the story of Judah and...

Reuben - A Model of Repentance

Jacob's eldest son Reuben seems like an unfortunate figure in the Torah. As the first-born son,...

Laban - Ignoring the Messages

Efforts to amass riches through deceit does not increase prosperity.

Isaac - The Middle Stage in Serving God

The Torah devotes a great deal of time to discussing the lives of Abraham and Jacob, detailing...

Eliezer - Breaking the Curse of Canaan

Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, is the most featured character in this week's Torah portion. He...

Reacting to Success and Failure

It is readily apparent how the Torah portions involving Abraham reflect his greatness in belief in...

Fleeing From Disputes

After Abraham and his entourage returned from their ordeal in Egypt, a dispute developed between...

Nimrod - Self Worship

One of the most nefarious characters who appears in the Torah and Rabbinic literature is Nimrod,...

The First Rashi

"Rebbe Yitzchak said, '[God] need only have begun the Torah from 'This month shall be to...

The Numerous Mitzvot

The very final portion in the Torah contains the first verse that we teach our children;...

Writing Our Own Sefer Torah

"And now write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the Children of Israel..."...

The Choice of LIfe Over Death

"See I have placed before you life and good, and death and evil(1) ... I have placed life and...

The True Source of Joy

A great deal of this week's Torah portion outlines the devastating punishments that would befall...

The Power of Habit

"An Ammonite and Moabite shall not enter the congregation of God …. Because of the...

Judging Favorably vs. Being Naive

The Torah tells us "You should go with innocence before Hashem, your God." (1) Rashi...

Mourning: The Body and the Soul

This week's Torah portion outlines certain acts of mourning that were practiced by the nations in...

Fear of God

"You shall fear HaShem, Your God." (1) The mitzvah to fear God is one of the most...

Going Beyond the Letter of the Law

"And you will do that which is right and good in the eyes of God so that He will do good to...

Honesty In Money Matters

"Do not be afraid of any man because the judgment is to God." (1) The Torah instructs...

Accepting Rebuke

When the Gerrer Rebbe, the Sfat Emet was a boy, he was looked after by his grandfather, the great...

Why God Chose Joshua

On the importance of learning and teaching Torah.

Money and Honor

The character, Bilaam is considered to be the archetype of a person with bad character traits. The...

Activity Versus Accomplishment

The Torah Portion ends with a history of how the Jewish people came to conquer the city of...

The Danger of Mockery

When one reads the account of the rebellion of Korach he is struck by his seemingly foolish...

Spying After Our Hearts

"And they will be tzitzit for you, and you shall see it and you shall remember all the...

The Importance of the Individual

Towards the end of the Portion, the Torah describes at great length the offerings of the Nesi'im...

The Two Stages of Divine Service

In the Torah's account of the Tribe of Levi it reviews the tragic deaths of Aaron's righteous sons...

Living With Our Learning

Bechukotai begins with the Torah telling us the conditions under which God will provide the Jewish...

Giving With Dignity

The importance of preserving independence and self-esteem.

Our Portion in Olam Haba

The Torah Portion ends with the distressing story of the son of an Egyptian man and Jewish woman...

Do Not Hate Your Brother In Your Heart

The Torah Portion of Kedoshim is replete with mitzvot that teach about interpersonal relationships...

Going Forward

In the midst of the Portion's outline of various mitzvot, the Torah exhorts us with regard to our...

Brit Mila: Why the Eighth Day

Tazria discusses one of the most well-known and observed Mitzvot; that of brit mila (circumcision)...

Understanding the Tzaraat on the Houses

The Torah Portion Metzora outlines the various forms of the affliction of tzaraat.(1) Having...

Acquiring a Friend

The Torah Portion begins with the joyful celebrations of the Inauguration of the Mishkan...

The Symbolism of the Sacrifices

In this week's Portion, the Torah introduces us to two of the most important kinds of offerings:...

The 'Right' Kind of Jealousy

During its outline of the various korbanot (sacrifices), the Torah forbids bringing offerings of...

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