Rabbi Yudin’s warm personality and divrei Torah have inspired tens of thousands of his community members, students, and radio listeners for over three decades. His first book, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin on the Parsha (Mosaica Press, 2013) achieved wide attention and became a bestseller.
In this new book, Gateways to Greatness, readers gain privileged access to the inner sanctum of Rabbi Yudin’s life’s work — helping all of us, no matter who we are or where we come from — to change.
In this fascinating volume, Rabbi Yudin shares with us gateways — ideas, methods, teachings, and practical wisdom — to become happier, better, and more connected people.
In this wise and accessible work, readers will come to understand the profound respect and love which Rabbi Yudin’s students and listeners have for him.
About The Author
Rabbi Benjamin Yudin has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Torah since 1969. Together with his wife, Shevi, he has been involved in virtually every aspect of Jewish life in Fair Lawn, and their reputation is known internationally. Rabbi Yudin graduated with a B.A. in History from Yeshiva University. He then pursued a dual graduate program, earning semichah from Y.U.’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, as well as a master’s degree in Jewish History. His association with Y.U. continues to this day, as he teaches Bible and Jewish Thought in the Mechina Program at Yeshiva College, and is a former dean of Mechina’s predecessor, the James Striar School.
Rabbi Yudin’s weekly parashah commentary on radio station WFMU’s “JM in the AM” program is heard by thousands of listeners in the Tristate area. Countless others have been inspired by the explanatory essays Rabbi Yudin contributed to the ArtScroll Transliterated Linear Siddur, a landmark prayerbook designed to enable all Jews to be full participants in the synagogue service.
Shevi Yudin’s reputation for chessed is widely known. She is part Rebbetzin/part sister to the women in the community. Her home is always filled with guests and she has been known to make pre-Shabbos house calls, along with her husband, to drop off kugels at members’ homes. The Yudins have seven children who live in New Jersey, New York, and Israel.
Uri Pilichowski –
This book is a work of art. It is neatly organized and a pleasure to read. Rabbi Yudin takes the reader through six gates of personal growth. For the Jew looking to grow, Rabbi Yudin’s slow, easy and methodological guidance through faith, belief and connection to God provides a perfect reminder about our deep connection to God. Most authors have difficulty describing the personal connection to God we are supposed to develop. Rabbi Yudin takes the up challenge and guides his reader in a step by step way to develop that connection.
I was blessed to grow up in Fair Lawn, NJ, and like all of us, we grew up in the Yudin home, under the protective guidance of “The Rabbi.” Reading each word was like taking a trip back to my childhood. I could hear Rabbi Yudin’s soothing voice telling me “Bubbie, just read the words, let them seep in and follow them. You’ll walk through the gates to greatness.” If you’re looking for a book to lead you to personal greatness, this is it.