Category Archives: Risk Taking

The Power of Ideas

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September 1, 2000

Isaiah Berlin (Princeton University Press 240 pages, $24.95, 2000) Contemporary Jewish life, torn by factionalism that turns complementary polarities into warring polarizations, has much to learn from the balanced wisdom of the celebrated historian of ideas, Sir Isaiah Berlin. Bolstered by vast erudition, Berlin challenges the long prevailing absolutistic conceit in western thought: that there More »

Meditation on Risk

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September 1, 2000

Reena Bernards On a sunset cruise in San Francisco Bay a few years ago, I looked out over the edge of the boat and saw the Golden Gate Bridge gracefully slung across the water. I mentioned to a few friends that I thought bridges were the only human-made objects that actually improved the beauty of More »

Risk vs. Reward: Can We Afford to Fund Young People’s Innovations?

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September 1, 2000

Brian Gaines Can young innovators make a difference in today’s Jewish community? Is the Jewish com-munity ready for such innovation? Is the community ready to risk its resources to find out? It appears more and more that today’s Jewish leaders are increasingly answering these questions with an emphatic “yes!” Here’s why. Twenty- and thirty-year-old American More »

Portrait of the Artist as Risk-Taker

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September 1, 2000

Rebecca Goldstein To take risks means to subject yourself to forces that are not entirely in your control. After all, if you could control them, there would be no risk. A risky action then introduces into your life a certain element of pure passivity. You open yourself up to being affected – how significantly is More »

The Roots of Secular Humanistic Judaism

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September 1, 2000

Steven Greenberg Seven years ago I wrote an anonymous article called “Gayness and God.” Then I was the closeted Rabbi Yaakov Levado. Today I am, as far as I know, the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi. While I have been out to family and friends for nearly a decade, last March I decided that it More »

A Feminist Ethic of Risk

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September 1, 2000

Sharon D. Welch (Fortress Press, 180 pages, $18.00, 2000) “Risk” is not just about specific actions fraught with danger. Sharon Welch’s “ethic of risk” is captured beautifully by the Adrienne Rich poem “Natural Resources” which appears in her book: it means seeing all that needs to be repaired, acting without the illusion of certainty or More »

Risk-Taking and Contemporary Jewish Communal Life

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September 1, 2000

Jeffrey R. Solomon The genesis of this piece emerges from the editor of Sh’ma reading this list posted in my office and wondering about risk at the top of such a list. Derived from the writing of Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence and other books analyzing management practices, the list often piques More »