Category Archives: Leadership and Charisma

Discussion Guide – Leadership and Charisma

December 1, 2006

What are the responsibilities of belonging to the Jewish people? What
are the mitzvot of peoplehood? What factors contribute to the making of a charismatic leader? Can rabbis and other communal leaders continue to serve in leadership positions after they have admitted previous sexual misconduct? How do we safeguard the close, and heirarchical, relationship of student More »

Visionary Leadership

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December 1, 2006

Jen Glaser Nathan Laufer, The Genesis of Leadership: What the Bible Teaches Us about Vision, Values and Leading Change Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006, 288 pp, 24.99 In a moment of personal reflection and disclosure in the second section of The Genesis of Leadership, Rabbi Nathan Laufer speaks to the Janus-like vision of good leaders. Visionary More »

Rainbow Ethics

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December 1, 2006

Anne Underwood The gritty bathtub flowed over — wasted hot water poured onto fake tiles and polyester carpet. Sixteen hours of delayed flights, a van driver slurping Gatorade with one knee on the wheel while screaming into a cell phone, and now a hideous budget hotel. The tub flood enchanted me. A chaos I could More »

The Erotic Energy of the Rabbinate

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December 1, 2006

Lori Hope Lefkovitz: When we support a charismatic teacher in the belief that he alone is needed to be a teacher of Torah, we support the very hubris that allowed that teacher to confuse himself for the object of love. More »

Whither a Presidency?

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December 1, 2006

Asher Maoz: Suggestions to put an end to the office of the Israeli president in its present form range from the adoption of a presidential regime headed by a president with substantial powers to totally revoke the institution. Tel Aviv law professor Asher Maoz reviews the history of the institution in light of the current situation. More »

Genug: Time for a Change

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December 1, 2006

Jacob Ner David: We are so thirsty for leadership in the Jewish world today that many of us are ready to overlook a lot. But the time has come for us to say enough! More »

Charisma and Narcissism in the Jewish Community

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December 1, 2006

Naomi Mark: What distinguishes someone with a character disorder is the pervasive pattern, the inability to experience gilt or remorse, and the tendency to externalize responsibility for the inappropriate behavior. More »