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  • Korach (5774) – Servant Leadership

    “You have gone too far! The whole community are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above God’s congregation?” (Num. 16: 3). What exactly was wrong in what Korach and… read more
  • Korach (5773) – Power versus Influence

    The Korach rebellion was an unholy alliance of individuals and groups unhappy with Moses’ leadership. There was Korach himself, a member of the tribe of Levi, angry (according to Rashi) that he had not been given a more prominent role.… read more
  • Korach (5772) – The Leader as Servant

    Korach had a point. “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?” (Num. 16: 3). At the heart… read more
  • Korach (5771) – Taking It Personally

    When we read the story of Korach, our attention tends to be focused on the rebels. We don’t give as much reflection as we might to the response of Moses. Was it right? Was it wrong? It’s a complex story.… read more
  • Korach (5770) – Leadership As Service

    If you seek to understand an accusation, look at the accuser, not the accused. Think, for example, about one of the most famous of anti-Semitic myths: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (the classic account is Norman Cohn’s Warrant… read more
  • Korach (5769) – A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

    The Korach rebellion was the single most dangerous challenge to Moses’ leadership during the forty years that he led the people through the wilderness. The precise outline of events is difficult to follow, probably because the events themselves were tumultuous… read more
  • Korach (5768) – Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

    The Korach rebellion was the worst of many in the wilderness years. It involved senior figures – Korach himself, a member of Moses’ tribe, together with leading Reubenites, and 250 others, “well known community leaders.” So grave was it that… read more
  • How perfect were the matriarchs and patriarchs? (Lekh Lekha 5775)

    In an extraordinary series of observations on this week’s parsha, Nahmanides (Ramban, Rabbi Moses ben Nahman Girondi, 1194 – 1270), delivers harsh criticisms of Abraham and Sarah. The first has to do with Abraham’s decision, after arriving at the land… read more
  • Vayelech (5774) – Consensus vs. Command?

    What do you say to your successor? What advice do you give him or her? Vayelech is the place to look for the answer, because it is here that Moses finally handed the reins over to Joshua, and he and… read more
  • Mattot (5774) – Conflict Resolution

    One of the hardest tasks of a leader – from prime ministers to parents – is conflict resolution. Yet it is also the most vital. Where there is leadership, there is long-term cohesiveness within the group, whatever the short-term problems.… read more