Our goal as leaders, whether it is in our families, in other areas of our lives, in the community or greater society, is to inspire change – not to compel it. Our goal is to create a collaborative environment, not to compel a vision.
In Bil’am's blessing: “Mah Tovu Ohalecha Yaakov, Mishkenotecha Yisrael”, the Midrash explains that Bil’am refers to the beautiful atmosphere of the Jewish home. But what about when that reality is far from the ideal, and the atmosphere in the home is toxic and dangerous?
In a period of structural societal change taking place across the globe, Israel’s Attorney General issued a groundbreaking decision last week that will fundamentally transform Jewish life for the better – and in particular, the landscape of women’s Torah leadership.
Given the feelings of uncertainty, confusion, fear and even anger that have come to dominate our consciousness, wherever we may be, our parsha, Matot-Mas’ei, contains an insight that speaks to our lives in a very meaningful way.