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Letter to My Younger Self

Riki Goldstein

Imagine if, just at the start of your life’s journey, you received a letter from someone just like you — but a few decades more accomplished — advising you how best to nurture your inborn gifts, and how to avoid the inevitable pit along the way. In this collection, seven accomplished gentlemen from different corners of the Jewish world and different spheres of achievement pen a letter to their younger selves. What would they have done differently?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rabbi Paysach Krohn is the author of the multivolume Maggid Series, an international lecturer, and professional mohel. “Only tell a story if you really believe it’s a great story”   Dear Younger Paysach, People ask me all the time whether I’m nervous when I speak. The answer is that I’m nervous when I prepare. I’m anxious because I want to say the right thing and I want to find the right thing to say. I would like to advise you: When asked to speak, choose a subject carefully. Don’t choose something that you know already. Choose a topic that excites you, something that is new and fresh. Be excited to learn all about your topic, then prepare it with great enthusiasm. Throw yourself into it. Don’t get up to speak without preparing from the ground up and believing in every word you say. Only say a pshat if you really think it’s a great pshat. Only tell a story if you really believe it’s a great story. You have to love the speaking that you do. Only do it if you love it, if it excites you. You can’t do this just to put bread on the table. If you are in it with all your heart and soul, if you have inspired yourself and you’re passionate about each message and each story, that passion will reach your audience.

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