As most of Europe notes – either celebratorily or ruefully – the 500th anniversary of the birth of Christian Protestantism with Martin Luther’s proclamation of his challenges to Catholic doctrine and practice, it might be interesting to consider how this seismic event in European history has impacted on the Jews. Without doubt, we are still feeling the effect. Of course, I couldn’t possibly cover the whole subject, but in this [...]
I guess that most of those who attend leadership seminars or read Leatid blogs have an interest in leadership. I am not one of them. My only interest is in my community and to ensure the vibrancy of its future. I am an amateur with no experience to speak of who stepped forward to lead my community of 10,000 when no one else was interested. Fortunately I had a reason [...]
How authentic can we be as leaders ‘Authentic leadership is an approach to leadership that emphasises building the leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with followers which value their input and are built on ethical foundations. Generally authentic leaders are positive people with truthful self-concepts who promote openness’ (Wikipedia). The concept of authenticity can be traced back to ancient Greece with philosophers explaining authenticity as a state through which one has [...]
He claims not to be a prophet but got it all so right. It is shocking in retrospect how little was done back then to respond to the crash in terms of his ‘we can’t go on like this’. We failed utterly to make any actual systemic changes – expect perhaps to bash the poor a bit more – and Brexit, Trump and perhaps Le Pen, AfD and others are the [...]
As a tribute to Zygmunt Bauman who just passed away, we would like to share with you an interview ICCD had with him. Bauman was one of the most prominent and prolific European sociologists of recent decades. Z”L Zygmunt Bauman was born in Poznań, Poland in 1925 and has resided in England since 1971. Bauman studied sociology and philosophy in Warsaw, after having served during World War II in the [...]
I was lucky. When I became the rabbi of my congregation, I followed a revered leader who had served the congregation for 25 years. He welcomed me graciously and lovingly, making it clear to the congregation that I was now the senior rabbi. Many colleagues have not been as lucky. Leadership succession is delicate and complex. It evokes deep emotions and fears. It raises questions of legacy, mortality, and self-worth. The [...]
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking” (Voltaire) I have often wondered why we often come up with organisation wide responses to situations or issues that arise; we compile a new policy and procedure or we may embark upon another audit when it feels at the back of the mind that there is another solution that is possibly more cost effective that will get to the heart of [...]
Imagine, if you will, Jewish educational hopes in the 1950s and 60s. Back then, the Jewish world – unconsciously, no one talked about it – was still reeling from the Shoah. Israel was uncontroversial but hardly easily accessible and a bit of an esoteric interest to many Jews. We kind of knew we couldn’t go on as we had but no-one much had any idea as to what to do [...]
One of the differences between freedom and slavery is marked by the ability to express oneself without fear. Saying what you want. Screaming or keeping quiet. Learning freedom to exercise it, discovering the power of the word contained in the message. It is no coincidence that some like to divide the name of the holiday to read pe – sach –the mouth that speaks-. As we must make use of [...]
Andrés Spokoiny’s Annual Address to the 2016 JFN Conference The rabbis of the Talmud read the story of the creation of the world and struggled to understand why humanity was created last in all creation. They explained it, as they often liked to do, with a paradox. Man’s position in creation should keep him humble, they said, since even the most insignificant of insects was created before him. But the [...]
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