Tag Archives: Leadership


On the Just Use of Force by Our Police

The tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has focused the nation’s attention once again on issues of justice related to the use of fatal force by police, especially against unarmed African-American men. The death of four black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, New York City, Los Angeles and Ohio this month has raised serious questions about the way some police officers respond to provocation and… Read Article →


Divine-Human Partnership

It’s hard to know which should make us more afraid: the notion that the human being or God is the absolute master of history. It is difficult to decide in the name of which of these attitudes more blood has been spilled, or which is more likely to destroy the world first. As I write, war rages across much of the Middle East; from afar one can only weep and… Read Article →


Models of Prophecy

When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, ‘What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?’ Balaam answered the donkey, ‘You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand,… Read Article →


How Joining a Community of Writers Changed Me

This month our Rising Voices Fellows reflect on their experiences of the fellowship over the past year. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. Before this year, I had always viewed writing as a solitary process. I wrote alone, revised little and only sought feedback after a piece was complete. Rising Voices has given… Read Article →


Battling Bella for Introverts

This month our Rising Voices Fellows respond to statements by Jewish feminist icons. Be sure to check theJWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. “Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.” —Bella Abzug Bella Abzug held office in the House of Representatives some forty years ago, and since then, what… Read Article →


Leadership and Confrontation: Lessons From Moses and God

It seems every few weeks a new round of headlines cover the latest eruption within the American Jewish community over Israel, the most recent including a panel-turned-spectacle at the 92nd Street Y and communal storms over policies delineating who should and shouldn’t be allowed to speak at Hillels and JCCs. While these moments of heat and escalation capture the most press and attention, they obscure and distract us from at… Read Article →


Rising Voices, Growing Leaders

Working in today’s Jewish educational landscape, I know the buzzwords that get folks excited about new programs:     “Choice”     “Global”     “Interest-Based”     “Community Service”     “Leadership” This is what teens and their families are looking for, so we give it to them. We provide amazing summer camps that target specific interests, we plan travel opportunities to give students a global perspective, and we train leaders. A lot of… Read Article →

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Everyone Will Lead

I was out on my regular afternoon run a few days ago, when a 45-mile-per-hour wind suddenly picked up on the leading edge of a cold front. The sky went from sunny to ominous, the breeze, from light to gusty, and before I knew it I was running stretches on the track into an intense headwind. Soon, the rain came — and when it rained, it poured. Change happens fast…. Read Article →


Not a lion: why support for Obama’s Syria resolution is still relevant and important

I took lessons in Arabic language at the Arabic Summer Academy in Boston, and one of my teachers was Syrian. He didn’t like to talk about the Civil War, and generally refused to answer any questions about his politics. One day, in his class, I noticed a poster on the wall with the names of various animals in Arabic, and noticed that the Arabic word for “lion” is “assad”. “Is… Read Article →