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  • Nitzavim (5774) – Defeating Death

    Only now, reaching Nitzavim-Vayelech, can we begin to get a sense of the vast, world- changing project at the heart of the Divine-human encounter that took place in the lifetime of Moses and the birth of Jews/Hebrews/Israel as a nation.… read more
  • Tzav (5774) – On Not Trying To Be What You Are Not

    The great leaders know their own limits. They do not try to do it all themselves. They build teams. They create space for people who are strong where they are weak. They understand the importance of checks and balances and… read more
  • Tetzaveh (5774) – The Counterpoint of Leadership

    One of the most important Jewish contributions to our understanding of leadership is its early insistence of what, in the eighteenth century, Montesquieu called “the separation of powers.” Neither authority nor power was to be located in a single individual… read more
  • Nitzavin-Vayelech (5773) – The Torah as God’s Song

    At the end of his life, having given the Israelites at God’s behest 612 commands, Moses is instructed to give them the last; command 613: Now therefore write down for yourselves this song, and teach it to the people of… read more
  • Tzav (5773) – Violence and the Sacred

    Judaism is less a philosophical system than a field of tensions – between universalism and particularism, for example, or exile and redemption, priests and prophets, cyclical and linear time and so on. Rarely is this more in evidence than in… read more
  • Nitzavim (5772) – Why Be Jewish?

    In the last days of his life Moses renews the covenant between God and Israel. The entire book of Devarim has been an account of the covenant – how it came about, what its terms and conditions are, why it… read more
  • Tetzaveh (5772) – The Aesthetic in Judaism

    Why is the Torah so specific and emphatic, in this week’s parsha, about the clothes to be worn by the Cohen and the Cohen Gadol? “These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a… read more
  • Nitzavim-Vayelech (5771) – Leadership: consensus or command?

    The great transition is about to take place. Moses’ career as a leader is coming to an end. Joshua was leadership is about to begin. Moses blesses his successor. Then G-d does. Listen carefully to what they say, and to… read more
  • Tzav (5771) – Why Civilizations Die

    In her recent The Watchman’s Rattle, subtitled ‘Thinking our way out of extinction’, Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilizations die. Their problems become too complex. Societies reach what she calls a cognitive threshold. They simply can’t chart… read more
  • Tetzaveh (5771) – Leadership Means Making Space

    Tetzaveh is, as is well known, the parsha in which for once Moses take second place, indeed is not mentioned by name at all, while the focus is on his brother Aaron and on the role he came to occupy… read more