The Politics of ResponsibilityCovenanr and Conversation for Bechukotai.
The Economics of LibertyCovenant & Conversation on Behar.
Israel Reading: Acharei-Mot KedoshimThe scapegoat: Shame and guilt.
Tazria-Metzora:The Circumcision of DesireCovenant & Conversation on Judaism's definition of love.
Covenant & Conversation for TsavViolence and the sacred.
Why do we Sacrifice?We can redirect our animal instincts. We can rise above mere survival. We are capable of honouring boundaries. We can step outside our environment.
Covenant & Conversation: Vayakhel-PikudeiThe spirit of community and the need for integrity in public life.
Can There Be Compassion Without Justice?God is compassionate and lives in love and forgiveness. This is an essential element of Jewish faith. But there is a caveat.
The Therapeutic Joy of PurimThe simcha we celebrate throughout the month of Adar is different from the normal joy we feel when something good and positive has happened to us or our people.
Covenant & Conversation: The Ethic of HolinessIt is common to divide the religious life in Judaism into two dimensions.
The Gratitude of LaborCovenant & Conversation for this week.
Altruistic EvilHealing the heart of darkness within the human soul.
Covenant & Conversation on Yitro: Read the InstructionsThe structure of the good society is right here.
Covenant & Conversation: The Face of EvilThe concept of an enemy.
Covenant & Conversation: FreewillHow then can it say, as it does in our parsha (Ex. 7: 3) that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
Covenant & Conversation: Obeying Immoral OrdersThis parsha contains the first recorded instance in history of civil disobedience.
Covenant & Conversation: Birth of ForgivenessThis week's Torah reading is the first recorded moment in history in which one human being forgives another.
Covenant & Conversation for MiketzAppearance and reality
Covenant & Conversation for VayishlachThe parable of the tribes.
Covenant & Conversation for VayetzeLove is not enough.
Covenant & Conversation: Kindness of StrangersA new article in the 5775 Ethics series. "A single act of genuine and unassuming civility can change a life forever.”
Covenant & Conversation on VayeraThe principle to which the entire story of Isaac, from birth to binding, is opposed is the idea that a child is the property of the father.
How Perfect Were the Patriarchs and Matriarchs?“There is none so righteous on earth,” says Kohelet, “as to do only good and never sin.”
From Nature to CovenantIs man naturally good or bad?
Covenant & Conversation 5775: MoralityThe world's most moral voice - Torah.
G-d's Faith in UsShort thoughts to help focus our minds on the challenges and opportunities of this special time in the Jewish calendar.
A Breath of LifeThe love of God is love of life. Let us take to heart King David’s insistence that faith is stronger than fear.
Nitzavim-Vayelech: Defeating DeathWhy the afterlife is not mentioned in the Torah.
Thoughts for Elul: Averting the DecreeThe first of three messages for the New Year.
Covenant & Conversation: Against HateThe paradigm case was Moses, the man who had more lasting influence than any other leader in history.
Shoftim: Learning and LeadershipPriesthood, kingship and Torah are the three types of Leadership, all in this week's reading.
God Himself Will WeepThe hate that starts with Jews never ends there.
To Lead is to ListenOften the greatest gift we can give someone is to listen to them.
Covenant & Conversation: The Fewest of all PeoplesOne sentence with explosive potential.
Creating Freedom Without Anarchy, Order Without TyrannyWhat the Torah tells us early on is how humanity failed. They did so in two ways. They created freedom without order. Or they created order without freedom. That is still the human tragedy.
The Leader as TeacherIn the last month of his life Moses ceased to be the liberator, the miracle-worker and redeemer, and became instead Moshe Rabbenu, “Moses, our teacher".
Covenant & Conversation: NegotiationsMoses is the example of a master negotiator, whose methods are enlightening. He succeeds because he is focused on the common good and not on his own power.
Timing and SuccessionLeadership lessons from the Torah.
Leadership and LoyaltyCovenant and Conversation for Parshat Balak.
In Memoriam: Eyal, Gilad and NaftaliEyal, Gilad and Naftali were killed by people who believed in death.
Covenant & Conversation: Miriam, Moses' FriendA careful reading of this famous episode in the context of Moses’ early life suggests that Miriam was Moses’ “trusted friend".
Servant LeadershipCovenant & Conversation for Korach.
Covenant & Conversation: ConfidenceOne of the fundamental tasks of any leader from president to parent is to give people a sense of confidence: in themselves, in the group of which they are a part, and in the mission itself.
Covenant & Conversation: Influence or Power?Power works by division, influence by multiplication.
A Thought for ShavuotA double celebration.
Covenant & Conversation: The Politics of EnvyWe have often been envied, and all too frequently that envy has turned to hate with tragic consequences.
Leading a Nation of IndividualsCovenant and Conversation for Bamidbar.
Covenant & Conversation: Think LongIndividuals count the days, leaders must count the years.
Covenant & Conversation: GreatnessBe not afraid of greatness.
Covenant & Conversation: FollowershipIn Judaism followership is as active and demanding as leadership.
Seasons of LoveA short thought about the three biblical books about love.
What Does this Avoda Mean to You?Lefum tza’ara agra: according to the effort is the reward.
Covenant & Conversation: PraiseThe concept of lashon hatov, good speech.
The Price of Free SpeechCovenant and Conversation for Tazria.
Reticence vs. ImpetuosityNadav and Avihu were surely great people. The trouble was that they believed they were great people.