A Conversation with Rabbi Paysach Krohn about his new book; Exclusive TLS Chanukah deal

illuminations-of-the-maggid[EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL BELOW] Rabbi Paysach Krohn talks with ArtScroll about modern life, his travels, and his newly released book, Illuminations of the Maggid.

This is your 9th book in the “Maggid” series and, as noted in the Preface, the letter tes, with its numerical value of 9, also begins the word tov, good. How do we find goodness in an increasingly edgy world?

While it is true that we live in a stressful world, there are so many wonderful people in it. In this book I focused particularly on “common people” who do extraordinary things. The martyred young girl Sulika in Morocco, the dancer who chose to follow his ancestors instead of his own dreams, the cyclist who created a huge kiddush Hashem in out-of-the-way Montana: these are good people befitting the word Tov — good — with a capital T.

You’ve traveled the world and brought us true stories of Jewish greatness throughout the globe. What would you say is the most unusual, exotic locale that you’ve visited?

Baruch Hashem, I am blessed in that I enjoy every place I go. Gibraltar is fascinating; they close the highway when a plane lands there because it literally crosses the landing strip. I love the South African accent — and the people there. To be at “The Point” at the lower end of Cape Town where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean is to witness Hashem’s wonder of creation. But it’s not really about the location, it’s the people: The gathering in the Kinloss shul of close to a thousand people in London is thrilling; to speak for the thousand people who come to the Kirzner Lecture in Toronto is as awesome as seeing the Jewish Quarter of Prague. The people I’ve met in all these places are wonderful. (And the people in Yerushalayim, Antwerp, Zurich, Monsey, Manchester, Flatbush, and Boca, etc. are just as wonderful.)

As the “American Maggid,” you’ve become a master of inspiration. Could you share with our readers a few inspirational words?

Go to a brightly lit Judaica bookstore and let your eyes feast on the abundance of sefarim and books that are available on any topic, for any age, for any level. Listen to the young children in yeshivos or Bais Yaakovs singing the songs of Chumash, the songs of the Geulah on the way. See the rebbeim and the moros, so capable, so dedicated to the children of Klal Yisrael. We have a future … and it is good.

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