Monday, December 18, 2017

First Paragraph

Throughout the twenty-two years that I served as chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, my team and I faced many challenges. Early on, whenever this happened, we developed the habit of sitting down and studying Torah together. We would search for the most appropriate text, and let it speak to us. It was astonishing how often it did so. That was when we discovered that there are three types of Torah. Two we were familiar with: the Torah you learn from books, and the Torah you learn from teachers. The leadership challenges taught us a third kind: the Torah you learn from life. That is how this book was born, as a series of insights we learned from a life in active dialogue with Torah, the central text of our tradition.

- From Lessons in Leadership: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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