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/


Fulfilling Our Potential

How to bring out your hidden talents.

Clearing the Confusion

The sin of the Golden Calf is one of the most difficult to comprehend episodes in the Torah. The...

The Roots of Gossip

Putting others down to boost yourself up.

Striking the Right Balance

The Torah states regarding the walls of the Tabernacle: "The center crossbar shall go through...

Complete Kindness

In the Portion of Mishpatim the Torah instructs us with regard to lending money to our fellow in...

Rav Noach Weinberg zt"l

Appreciating his genuine trust in God.

Freeing Ourselves

This week's Torah portion begins with a description of how the Jewish people finally left Egypt...

The Third Stage of Redemption

The Torah Portion describes the final three Plagues and the events that led up to the Jewish...

The Plague of Frogs

The destructive force of anger.

Responding To Divine Providence

After enslaving the Jewish people, Pharaoh was informed by his astrologers that a baby boy was...

The Root of Sin

"Reuven, you are my first-born, my strength and my initial vigor, foremost in rank and...

Joseph - Second In Command

The Torah Portion begins with Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. He informs them that they...

Joseph's Strength

The Torah Portion, Mikeitz continues the account of Joseph's remarkable tenure in Egypt; it...

Joseph's Dreams

The measure of true greatness.

Using the Yetzer Hara for the Good

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

Waiting

Soon after coming to work for Lavan, Jacob agreed to work for seven years in exchange for Rachel's...

Using Strength In the Right Way

"And Isaac loved Esau for game was in his mouth, but Rebecca loved Jacob."(1) One of...

Relying on Miracles

After arranging the burial of his wife, Sarah, Abraham sends his faithful servant, Eliezer, to...

Kindness Versus Independence

One of the most famous episodes in the Torah Portion is that of the destruction of Sodom. The city...

Circumcision: The Individual's Covenant With God

The Portion(1) ends with the command for Abraham to perform bris mila (circumcision). The Sefer...

Depth and Superficiality

The Torah Portion ends with a very short account of the early life of Abraham. It outlines his...

The Potential for Greatness and Lowliness

Parshat Bereishit describes the Creation of the first man, Adam. Adam represents the totality of...

Vezos HaBracha – Moses' Greatest Deed

The Torah concludes with a stirring eulogy for Moses, ending with praise for, “the strong...

Our Approach to Learning Torah

"When I call out the Name of HaShem, ascribe greatness to our God."(1) The Rabbis learn...

Taking Responsibility For Ourselves

What is the biggest obstacle to change?

Establishing Torah

When the Jewish people entered the land, they were to assemble at two mountains for a new...

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...

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