Hashem, An Introduction To The Creator, & His Special Connection With The Jewish People

When Hashem took the Jewish People out of Egypt, it was the beginning of an unprecedented relationship. By understanding how to maximize this closeness with the Divine, we can serve Him with happiness, love, and awe, and enjoy our intimacy with our Creator.

Based on almost five hundred sources from the Tanach, Chazal, classical mefarshim, and other Torah personalities, this beautiful sefer explores fundamental concepts in Judaism and how to use them to connect with Hashem. Intended for those who are not yet observant, those who have been practicing for many years, and everyone in between—this meaningful work will uplift, inspire, and bring Hashem closer to all who seek Him.

“So many well-meaning Jews are lacking in a real and palpable relationship with Hashem. Rabbi Okin’s new sefer seeks to begin to reopen the portals of that real and bona fide relationship with the Creator.”

Rav Shimon Isaacson, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Tzion

Rabbi Avi Okin, MSW, was born and raised in West Orange, NJ, and attended the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) before learning at Yeshivat Shaarei Mevaseret Tzion and Yeshiva College. He obtained semichah from Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchonon (RIETS) and an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. While still a student, Rabbi Okin began writing Connecting to Hashem as an advisor for New York NCSY, based on his discussions with youths who were curious about why and how to connect to their Creator. Rabbi Okin’s rabbinic, pedagogical, and pastoral work focuses on bringing the joy and warmth of Judaism into everyday life. He enjoys singing, learning Torah, and stock investing. Rabbi Okin is now working as the Director of Social Services at the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights and Inwood.

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