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A famous work by Rabbi Yaakov of Dobnow (1741-1804), using stories and parables to transmit deeper ethical and moral teachings. Arranged by the order of the weekly parash.
Format: 7x10, PU Hardcover, 700 Pages
Rabbi Yaakov Kranz (1741–1804), the Maggid (Preacher) of Dubno, was known for his ability to make almost any point by way of a parable.
In fact, he famously explained his ability to do so by utilizing (what else?) a parable:
A man was once walking in the woods when he noticed that many trees had targets drawn on them, each with an arrow planted firmly in its center. Impressed by the marksmanship of whoever had shot these arrows, he was delighted to meet a fellow with a quiver of arrows over his shoulder. “Tell me,” he inquired, “how did you manage to shoot so many perfect bull’s-eyes? What’s your secret?”
“It’s very simple,” the marksman replied with a shrug. “First I shoot the arrow, then I draw the target.”
In the same way, the Maggid explained, “First I decide what point I want to make, then I craft the story around it.”
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