Rabbi Paysach Krohn Spearheads NE Philadelphia Shabbaton
— Sam Maron
World reknown mohel and author of the critically acclaimed The Maggid Speaks series, Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn recently sparked a mid-December Shabbos at Congregation Ahavas Torah in Northeast Philly’s Rhawnhurst section.
Rabbi Krohn served as Scholar-in-Residence, telling some 200 persons who packed the shul to hear him that they must strive to be a Lev Tov — a person of “good heart,” who will overlook others’ wrongdoing to them for the sake of preserving their relationship with that individual.
“It’s called being Maavir al Mi’dosav.” he said. “Passing over our own standards in order to avoid conflict with the other person. It’s like being like Rachel imanu — our matriarch — Rachel — who gave the signs to her sister, Leah, so Jacob thought he was with Rachel when he was really with Leah. That’s a ticket to heaven.”
At a Malavah Malkah climaxing the event, Rabbi Krohn told the crowd that they must build ‘mehitzos — dividers’ to protect our ‘helige children’ (precious children) from the often vulgar world in which we live by creating loving, warm and spiritually-filled homes.