Jacob ben Wolf Kranz (The Dubnow Maggid)
(1741 - 1804)
Born in a province of Vilna
Jacob ben Wolf Kranz showed exceptional homiletical and Kabbalistic
talents at an early age, and by the age of twenty became the darshan
of his city.
From there, he began preaching through the cities of
around Lublin in Poland,
finally settling in Dubnow. His reputation as a maggid (preacher)
spread, bringing him in contact with the great rabbis of the period, including the Vilna
Gaon. The majority of his works were in homiletics, using stories
and parables to transmit deeper ethical and moral teachings.