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/


The Temptations of Money

"And God said to Moses, saying; Command (tzav) Aaron and his sons, to say; this is the Law of...

Gift Offerings

The Book of Vayikra focuses to a significant degree on the various sacrifices (korbanos) (1) that...

Spiritual Effort

After the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was completed, the workmen could not erect it...

Shabbos

The Parsha begins with an exhortation to observe Shabbos: "For six days work will be done and...

The Punishment Due To the Golden Calf

The sin of the Golden Calf is one of the most difficult episodes in the Torah. There is much...

The Robe and the Incense

"You shall make the Robe of the Ephod entirely of turquoise wool.... You shall make on its...

Overcoming Laziness

The Torah portion begins with God instructing Moses to tell the people to bring the raw materials...

Truth and Falsehood

TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD (1) "Distance yourself from falsehood.(2)" It is well known that...

Listen Up

One of the striking features of Parshas Yisro is the juxtaposition of the portion about...

Persistence

The Torah tells us that when the Jewish people were preparing to leave Egypt, Moses was involved...

Thinking

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Ten Plagues was the persistent refusal of Pharaoh to...

Giving for the Sake of Giving

"God benefited the midwives - and the people increased and became very strong. And it was...

Achieving the Right Balance

The book of Genesis culminates with the eternal blessings that Jacob bestowed on his sons. Each...

Joseph's Proof

"They went up from Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. And they told...

Serving Man or God

The Torah portion begins with Joseph's interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams and his subsequent rise...

Stepping Out of Our Own World

Towards the end of the parsha, Joseph finds himself in a hopeless situation, having been in prison...

Education Through Encouragement

This week's Torah portion ends with an account of the genealogy of Esau. In the midst of this we...

The Desire For Greatness

Rachel and the burning desire for spiritual growth.

The Role of Isaac

The Torah devotes several entire Torah portions to the lives of Abraham and Jacob. In contrast,...

Kindness With Wisdom

The best acts of kindness aren’t random. They stem from understanding what the situation requires.

Using the Good for Good

The Torah portion begins with the story of Abraham's incredible kindness with the three angels....

Out Of This World

"And God said to Abraham, go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your...

Noach and Avraham

Why Abraham was greater than Noah.

The Development of Civilization

After Cain's heinous act of murdering his brother Abel, God decreed upon him to be a wanderer...

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